News: Summer Go-Ahead For Bridge Repairs
Wednesday, 9th June 2004
WORK is expected to begin by late summer on major repair works on a Listed bridge across the River Lune.
Safety fears, prompted by a hole appearing in the decking of the Crook O' Lune bridge, led to the structure being closed at Easter.
But pedestrians, cyclists and horse-riders can look forward to the bridge reopening in late 2004 or early 2005 after Lancashire County Council approved repairs cash last week.
County Councillor Brian Johnson, Lancashire County Council Cabinet member for Urban and Rural Regeneration, said:
"Closure was tragic for the bridge users as they will have lost a summer of easy access from the centre of Lancaster to deep into the Lune Valley - but public safety had to come first.
"The wooden decking was simply reaching the end of its lifespan - something that became apparent when a foot-sized hole appeared on the surface. It wasn't big enough for anyone to fall through but our engineers conducted further checks and found the decking needed attention elsewhere.
"Our designers and engineers have moved very quickly. Plans for the work are progressing well and work is expected to start later this summer."
Contractors are now being invited to tender for the work, which is expected to take 3-4 months.
Specifications include complete replacement of the wooden decking to preserve the bridge's historic nature.
Councillor Johnson added:
"The route has been increasingly popular with walkers, cyclists and horse-riders who enjoy spectacular views of the river.
"Everything, however, is now in place to reopen the route with minimal delay."
For further information please contact: Neil Graham on 01772 531095