PERMANENT REPAIRS to roads and bridges in flood hit North Yorkshire are expected to cost £3.75M, the local highways authority said this week.
'To date we've been arrying out temporary repairs but now the permanent work begins, ' said North Yorkshire Council's assistant director of environmental services David Bowe.
'We estimate spending £2M on bridge repairs and £1.75M on carriageways.' Roads and bridges near the Yorkshire Moors were badly damaged when flash flooding hit the region last week (News 23 June).
Engineers expressed concern that funding for the clear up would affect planned maintenance work, as cash from the highways budget would have to be redirected.
As yet the council does not know how much of the £3.75M will come from central government. Bowe told NCE that the fi gure was subject to change as the programme is finalised.
Temporary repairs including bridge strengthening and carriageway clearance have enabled the council to open most of the roads in the region. But some will have to close again when permanent works begin.
'We can't say how long it will take. Some of the bridges are listed structures so there will be planning procedures to go through, ' said chief bridge engineer John Smith.
Work will be carried out by Highways North Yorkshire, a consortium of North Yorkshire Council, Mouchel Parkman and RCS.