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Deerness Bridge re-opens


Deerness Bridge, between Ushaw Moor and New Brancepeth, closed on 13 April 2016 to all traffic and pedestrians following an inspection. A Bailey Bridge has been installed and is now open.

Deerness Bridge

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Engineers have installed a temporary Bailey Bridge to re-open this vital rural river crossing.

The bridge will have an 18 tonne weight limit and there will be a signed diversion route for heavier vehicles and abnormal loads.

Vehicle activated traffic lights will change automatically depending on the traffic flows, and there will be a separated footpath across the bridge for pedestrians, cyclists and horses.

A 7.5 tonne weight limit will remain on Broadgate Road, however, the road will be re-opened to two way traffic.  

Work on a replacement bridge will be carried out in 2017/18.  More information to follow. 

What happened?

Scheduled inspections identified concerns with the condition of the bridge.  A detailed structural review of the bridge found a significant weakness that could no longer withstand the weight of regular traffic and the decision was made to close the bridge in the interest of public safety.

A review was commissioned to investigate whether the bridge could be re-opened to limited traffic. This has now been completed.

Diversions for vehicles 

All diversions for vehicles have now been lifted, although a 7.5 tonne weight limit will remain on Broadgate Road. The road will be re-opened to two way traffic.

The bridge will have an 18 tonne weight limit and there will be a signed diversion route for heavier vehicles and abnormal loads.

Pedestrians and horse riders 

There will be a separated footpath across the bridge for pedestrians, cyclists and horses.

Cyclists

The Deerness Valley Cycle Path was not affected.

Question and answer video about the bridge

Question and answer video about the bridge with our Head of Technical Services, John Reed

Bus services 

Public transport

All public and school buses have returned to normal service.

More information

For more information on public transport travel arrangements use our public transport map and timetable finder.