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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

June update

Works continue onsite and a significant milestone has been completed.

The temporary support structure which was holding the centre span of the bridge has now been removed.

The bridge is now a continuous section from the southern side and repairs to the north joint are also complete.

The northern most platform underneath the bridge has been removed and works continue to repair the concrete on the underside and internal sections of the bridge.


May update

Icon for pdf New Elvet Bridge Reconstruction Project Video Transcript (May 2021) (PDF, 83.7kb)

We have now lowered the bridge deck into position and have begun reconstruction of the south joint.

We have continued the installation of the cathodic protection and made progress with more of the concrete repairs.

As the work programme has progressed, some additional concrete repairs have been identified, which will see the bridge reopen to traffic and pedestrians at the end of October

We can assure you that we are continuing to work with the contractor, Balfour Beatty, to monitor the impact of the additional work. The contractor is working tirelessly to manage the new repairs and to enable completion at the earliest possible date.

March update

Icon for pdf New Elvet bridge update - March 2021 transcript (PDF, 81.4kb)

    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. 

    Timetable of work:

    • site clearance: July to August 2020
    • access installation: August to September 2020
    • jacking system installation: August to November 2020
    • telephone and electric diversions and protection: July 2020 and February 2021
    • demolition of bridge joints: October to December 2020
    • lift of centre section: November 2020
    • reconstruct north joint: November 2020 to January 2021
    • lower centre section: February 2021
    • reconstruct south side: February to May 2021
    • remove jacking system: May to June 2021
    • concrete repairs and corrosion protection: August to December 2020 and May to July 2021
    • install new road and footpath: June to August 2021
    • clear site and reopen road: August to October 2021

    Previous project updates

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