[W]ork on repairs to ensure Victoria Bridge in Kendal and Eden Bridge in Carlisle are protected through the winter has been taking place over the last week.
In Kendal the works are in addition to the temporary repairs carried out earlier this year following damaged caused by last year’s floods. The work includes repair and protection of the underwater piers on which the bridge’s supporting pillars stand and is being carried out in-river by divers. The work does not require the bridge to be closed and is expected to be completed by 24 October, weather permitting.
In Carlisle works on Eden Bridge included placement of rock armour around the piers to provide protection and scour protection to prevent any erosion of the bridge foundations.
Across the county the council’s Highways Team are delivering a programme of bridge repairs to 185 bridges this year. In many of these cases as well as repairing the bridges we are also putting in place additional protection measures to reduce the risk of further damage if water levels are high during the winter. Further permanent repairs to other bridges are planned for next year.
Cumbria County Council is closely monitoring around 100 bridges over the winter where permanent repairs have not been possible or are only partially complete with closures possible if problems develop.
Cllr Keith Little, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “Victoria and Eden bridges are just two of the many bridges that we are working on now to get them ready for winter. It’s a big task and council staff and our contractors have been working very hard to get the work done quickly and in advance of the winter weather. The scale of the impact on the county’s road and bridge infrastructure was huge and we’re still discovering new damage in new locations as we progress with recovery work. We’re absolutely determined to get the network back to full strength as soon as possible.”