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Bridges and Roads Update

Flooding advice and latest news

Whilst we will make every effort to make this list as comprehensive as possible, due to the high number of damaged roads and bridges, each update may not always include a full list of all roads and bridges in Cumbria. As damage is repaired and roads and bridges re-opened the information in this update will change.

Last updated 5 December 2016
U1140Bell Bridge,
Sebergham and Bell Bridge, Lonning
Allerdale Complete collapse
of bridge and river erosion alongside carriageway.

Bell Bridge Sebergham: This bridge completely collapsed. Replacement of the bridge with a more resilient structure is being progressed.  Design and site investigations are underway.

Bell Lonning: River erosion alongside the carriageway has resulted in the road being closed. The first phase of works to replace the top soil and re-instate a fence between existing sheet piles has been completed.

The works required at Bell Bridge Sebergham and carriageway works at Bell Lonning have been combined. Story (Contracting) Ltd has been appointed and pre-commencement meetings have been held. The works are planned to be undertaken during the summer 2017 in river working window for an anticipated opening prior to Autumn 2017.

In order to prevent further deterioration of the highway over the winter period, a contractor has completed tree clearance works alongside the carriageway at Bell Lonning on 21st October Bell Lonning on 21st October.

 Rumbling Bridge, near Abbeytown Allerdale Collapse of parapet wall following landslide on adjacent retaining slope CLOSED 

The landslide area adjacent to this bridge has been surveyed and assessed and a design solution is being progressed, with a final design due early December 2016. Upon completion of the final design, we will procure a contractor to undertake the repair works.

The repair works are due to start in the 2017 in river working window.

U2225 Mill Beck Bridge, Applethwaite Allerdale Extensive cracking to structureCLOSED

The emergency temporary works design is in progress and the contractor (Eric Wright Civil Engineering Ltd) is now appointed. Works commenced on site on the 31st October 2016 and were completed Tuesday 29th November 2016.

Upon completion of the emergency temporary works, further technical assessment will be undertaken to ascertain suitability for opening to pedestrians and cyclists in early December 2016.

Design of the permanent repair solution is underway, and due for completion in February 2017. Permanent works are scheduled to commence in the Summer 2017 in river working window to enable a full re-opening of the bridge by Autumn 2017.

U3125 Bundholme Wood Road, Keswick Allerdale Major areas of structural instability caused by landslides.CLOSED

The designer has been appointed and the design options are progressing. We are awaiting the outcome of the optioneering exercise to enable works to commence and enable an estimated re-opening in Spring 2017.


Brougham Old Bridge

EdenMajor damage to substructure and masonry cutwaterCLOSED

The stabilisation works are progressing well, and are anticipated to last until the end of December 2016. The undermined Pier has now been stabilised and a portion of the parapet that was unsupported has been removed and placed into secure storage.  

Over the course of November, a section of the carriageway was cut back to allow a capping layer to be placed on top of the exposed fill which will prevent further loss of material and further degradation to the bridge. Divers are now to be mobilised to fully inspect both piers to confirm that there is no further undermining to the structure.

At this stage, the technical safety assessment does not allow for the bridge to be re-opened at limited capacity prior to the completion of the permanent repair works in 2017. 

C5108 Gowan Old (Staveley)Sth LakelandSevere scour of central pier requiring major repair or reconstruction.CLOSED

The central pier was damaged in the initial floods and the bridge was closed immediately to traffic although further deteriorations meant the bridge needed to be demolished under controlled conditions.  The replacement bridge design is a single span and further resilience measures are now being investigated for inclusion in the design.

Thomas Armstrong (Construction) Ltd has been appointed as the contractor on the project and significant progress has been made to date in completing site investigation works and the design of the new structure.

Public consultation is also being undertaken on an ongoing basis. The Council's Local Area Highway Team held a community drop in session at the Staveley Pavilion on Friday 28th October 2016 for local residents and businesses.  Opinions gathered are now been discussed, with key focus on the aesthetic appearance of the final structure. Decision is still to be made. 

The bridge is expected to re-open by Easter 2017.

 Broad Head Bridge, Grayrigg Sth Lakeland Significant damage during follow up inspection CLOSED

The extent of the damage to this bridge meant it was closed immediately. A detailed inspection has taken place which has identified the damage as significant and the inspection report has been completed by the Council's Technical Advisor.

Whilst ownership is still in doubt it has been decided that the repair should be completed by the Council, remediation works are required to the embankment supporting the Network Rail infrastructure.

The options for this bridge are still to be confirmed.

U5357 Wath Sutton Sth Lakeland Severe scour to void CLOSED 

An inspection undertaken 10th August 2016 identified severe defects to this bridge that were previously unidentified due to high water levels in the river. The extent of the damage is such that the bridge was closed immediately and will need to remain closed pending completion of repair work. Works commenced Monday 14th November 2016 but due to high water levels and strong current, works have progressed slowly. A decision is to be made whether temporary support work can be achieved in water by divers.

Once site works are complete, the bridge will undergo a technical assessment to enable it to re-open mid December 2016.

C2001Janet Bridge Allerdale Damage to abutments OPEN 

The bridge is open with temporary traffic cones and signage to keep bridge users restricted to one side of the bridge.

Further permanent works are required to this bridge, but at this stage it is anticipated the bridge can remain open until works commence in Spring 2017.

B5320 Pooley Bridge Eden Complete collapse OPEN 

The new temporary bridge was formally opened by Keith Little, Cabinet Member for Highways on Sunday 20th March. The bridge is a single carriageway under traffic light control, as was the old bridge. In addition, it has a 1.5m wide footway on the downstream side.

Work has commenced to begin to define and assess options for a permanent replacement to be designed, procured and built.

This will involve technical appraisals and constraints mapping as well as community engagement. The Council is in consultation with the local parish council and other interested parties regarding the replacement of the bridge.

A683 Middleton Hall Bridge (near Kirkby Lonsdale) Sth Lakeland Temporary bailey bridge will remain in place to maintain network connectivity.OPEN

The temporary pontoon bridge that has been open for some time already will remain in place during the 2016/17 winter to maintain network connectivity. Eric Wright Civil Engineering Ltd established the site up w/c 24 October 2016, and has subsequently started works on site. To date, the right hand side abutment has received temporary concrete support and abutment scour has been bagged. A temporary retaining wall has also been constructed.

These works are required to ensure the integrity of the pontoon bridge by securing the bridge abutments over the winter period and ensure the temporary bridge remains open. These works are anticipated to take 4-6 weeks and should be complete by early December 2016.

The design works for permanent repairs are currently underway. The removal of the temporary bridge and completion of the permanent works will be undertaken in the 2017 summer Environment Agency in river working window, to avoid closure during the Christmas period. The permanent works will require a closure of between 3 to 6 months. 

The permanent works are estimated for completion by Autumn 2017.

C5057 Ford Bridge (Burneside New) Sth Lakeland Subsided Pier OPEN 

Ford bridge is in close proximity to Sprint Bridge which is now open.

Weight restrictions of 3.5t and width restrictions in the form of traffic management are in place in order to prevent the weight restriction being exceeded. 

Procurement for this bridge is ongoing awaiting the conclusion of a technical appraisal of the repair options. Specific dates will be dependent on the type of works to be carried out. At present, it is undecided whether repairs works will be carried out, or full reconstruction of the bridge.