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Unstable bridge shut for eight weeks

A Teesside bridge will shut for around eight weeks for major repairs after it was found to be unstable.

Large cracks were found in the carriageway of the 19th century Leven Bridge near Yarm. Stockton Council subsequently closed it and sent in specialist divers.

The structure needs stabilising and securing with foundation repairs but there is no immediate danger of collapse, said the council.

Councillor Bob Cook, Stockton Borough Council’s cabinet member for transport and regeneration, said: “The works to stabilise the underside of the bridge will start almost immediately by the specialist marine engineers.

“We appreciate the frustration felt by motorists who may face delays at busy times, but we would ask them to bear with us while these essential repairs are carried out.

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