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Why New Elvet Bridge roadworks are happening

Crucial repairs and maintenance are required to New Elvet Bridge in Durham City.

New Elvet Bridge is an important link between the east and west sides of Durham carrying on average 17,000 vehicles a day. After 45 years of use, the bridge now requires important repairs and maintenance to protect this vital crossing point including work to:

  • refurbish the deck joint on the northern (Claypath) side of the bridge
  • remove the deck joint on the southern (Elvet) side of the bridge, to create a continuous deck structure with reduced future maintenance requirements
  • waterproof the bridge deck
  • carry out concrete repairs throughout the whole structure, to improve and extend its life
  • improve drainage systems
  • implement a cathodic protection system to prevent metal corrosion
  • renew the protective coatings to the concrete surfaces, giving waterproof protection to the structure and generally improve the appearance of the bridge

Work on the bridge is progressing well. The road and footpath have been removed to expose the bridge deck. Work inside the bridge has begun and the lifting system which will raise the centre of the bridge is being installed. The work is currently on track and the next phase will see the raising of the centre to allow for the substantial concrete repairs.

Icon for pdf New Elvet Bridge - October update transcript (PDF, 79.0kb)

    Why the road needs to be closed

    To carry out the maintenance safely it is not possible to allow any traffic over the bridge during the works. It will also be necessary to lift the central span of the bridge to complete some maintenance. 


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