WATCH: Linton Bridge on course for summer reopening
7:27am 15th February 2017
(Updated 3:30pm 15th February 2017)
Work to repair a Grade-II listed bridge damaged by flooding in the Wharfe Valley more than a year ago is said to be progressing well.
Linton Bridge, which links the villages of Linton and Collingham, remains on course to reopen in the summer.
The bridge has been closed since 27 December 2015, when it suffered significant damage to its foundations due to flooding caused by the impact of Storm Eva.
Leeds City Council is working with Historic England on the £4.5 million project, which has been split into two phases.
The first was carried out before Christmas to put a temporary support system in place to make the bridge safe for the permanent repairs to then follow.
This involved creating platforms and causeways in the river to allow piling to take place, along with a temporary cradle being installed to support the southern arch of the bridge.
Animation showing how repairs are being carried out:
Additional stabilising work included grout being injected into the ground beneath the south pier foundation, whilst cracks in the central and southern arches were also repaired through a stitching process.
The permanent repair works are now underway, with further piling work being carried out.
This will be followed by the road surface being removed to reveal the top of the arches, with reinforced concrete slabs being placed on top.
Infrastructure cables and pipes which run through the bridge, supporting supplies of water, electricity, gas and communications, will also be reconnected.
The temporary cradle and piling will then be removed, with the riverbed being restored to its original profile.
The stone parapets and walls on the bridge will be rebuilt, which will straighten the bridge and correct the depression of the south pier caused by the flood damage.
The final element of the project will see the road restored, with kerbs, footways and the road markings put in place.
All of the work is being carried out carefully to protect the listed nature of the structure, and when complete, much of the work done will not be able to seen to ensure that the original visual look of the bridge is maintained.
Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council's Executive Member for Regeneration, Transport and Planning, said: "The floods that followed Storm Eva had a lasting impact on communities across the city. The structural damage caused to Linton Bridge has separated the communities of Linton and Collingham, and we are working to reconnect them.
"The progress on Linton Bridge is going well, which is very encouraging. This is a challenging and intricate project, as we need to be very careful to protect the historic nature of the structure while doing what needs to done in order to get the bridge repaired and reopened.
"It is a complex piece of work, with everything needing to happen in a careful sequence, so I would like to thank local residents for their continued patience as we keep working towards a successful reopening."
Free shuttle bus services are in operation during the repair works.
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