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Deerness Bridge replacement

Work to replace Deerness Bridge between Ushaw Moor and New Brancepeth began in July 2017.

A temporary bridge is currently in place. Work on the replacement bridge is now well underway with the main beams; deck reinforcement; preparation for parapets and guardrails; and concrete deck all now complete. Work is now taking place to waterproof the new bridge deck, construct new kerbs and footpaths and add new service ducts for utilities such as telephone cables.

Weather Disruption

Deerness Bridge site flooded by rainwater and melting snow.

Deerness Bridge site flooded by rainwater and melting snow

During February and March we suffered significant delays due to adverse weather conditions following periods of heavy snow and rain.  The area around the bridge was flooded and damage to the scaffolding and other equipment had to be repaired before work could restart. 

How this will affect you

Until the permanent bridge is fully repaired, the restrictions below apply.

Diversions for heavy vehicles and abnormal loads 

A 7.5 tonne weight limit remains on Broadgate Road, while the temporary bridge has an 18 tonne weight limit and a signed diversion route for heavier vehicles and .

Pedestrians and horse riders 

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


The Deerness Valley Cycle Path is not affected.

Why are we doing this?

Scheduled inspections identified concerns with the condition of Deerness 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 to all traffic and pedestrians on 13 April 2016 in the interest of public safety.

A review was commissioned to investigate whether the bridge could be re-opened to limited traffic. As a result of the review a temporary bailey bridge was put in place to allow the crossing to re-open.

A video update about the bridge

Our Head of Technical Services, John Reed provides a short update on what's happening:

Icon for pdf Deerness bridge replacement video transcript (PDF, 305.8kb)

Contact us
Sustainable Transport
03000 268 667
Our address is:
  • Regeneration and Local Services
  • Durham County Council
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
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0191 389 8182
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