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Elvet works pause for Lumiere

Published November 10, 2017 11.02am

Major works at Durham's Old Elvet Bridge have stopped ahead of the city's Lumiere light festival and Christmas.

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Old Elvet Bridge following waterproofing work

We are carrying out a major refurbishment of the bridge across the River Wear, a Grade One Listed Scheduled Ancient Monument, as part of our £1.84m investment in roads and footpaths in the city centre over two years.

The work at Old Elvet includes the waterproofing of the bridge deck, realignment and replacement of the paving and the creation of loading bays on the approaches to the bridge.

It involves placing a layer of specialised concrete underneath the paving to provide a waterproof membrane, in order to protect the bridge for future generations.

Existing paving materials are being re-used where possible.

The work to waterproof the bridge deck is now complete with stretches either side of the crossing still to do.

We have now stopped work ahead of Lumiere, which runs from 16 to 19 November, and the Christmas trading period.

John Reed, our head of technical services, said: "Work has gone really well so far and, as was always the plan, we are now 'pausing' for Lumiere.

"We want everyone to really enjoy the festival and as Old Elvet Bridge is such a key route for it, we are making sure it is 'access all areas' while the event take places.

"We also recognise that work on Old Elvet Bridge is not ideal in the run up to Christmas, when our city is really busy."


Temporary tarmac has been laid between new and existing paving to ensure a seamless transition until work resumes.

This will be in the new year when as part of the completion of works, the temporary tarmac will be replaced with traditional stone slabs.

When work resumes, access for pedestrians will be maintained at all times but will need to be suspended for vehicles occasionally for health and safety reasons.

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