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New Elvet Bridge works

Crucial repairs and maintenance are now complete 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 required important repairs and maintenance to protect this vital crossing point which included 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

October 2021

Image of Elvet Bridge works taken as the bridge was reopened

Works to the bridge are now complete and the bridge is now open to traffic.

Icon for pdf New Elvet Bridge reopening transcript (PDF, 95.7kb)

September / October update

Over the last few weeks there have been some significant changes on site, with the majority of the scaffolding and access structures now having been removed.

There are still works to be carried out, including resurfacing and completion of the protective coating and cathodic protection, these are the final phases of the works and, as such, the site is starting to be cleared.

It is anticipated that these works will be complete on Friday 22 October, although this date is weather dependent and subject to final inspections taking place.

July / August update

New Elvet Bridge works

Icon for pdf New Elvet Bridge Reconstruction Project Video Transcript (July-August 2021) (PDF, 104.3kb)

      Previous project updates

      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
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      In partnership with

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