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Ivinghoe Parish Council

Brownlow Bridge - Update 13062018

By IPC Ivinghoe Parish Council

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

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Ivinghoe Parish Council have met with a representative of the Canals and Rivers Trust with respect to the Brownlow Bridge closure.

From our discussions we can now state:

  1. The works to repair the bridge has now started
  2. Once the work started, the situation on the state of the bridge was found to be far worse than was originally thought. The bridge was more unsafe than the survey suggested with the damage being more substantive than can be seen. One of the corner pillars of the bridge was found to be bowing as a result of the collision and that part of the bridge has had to be taken right down to its foundations to be totally rebuilt.
  3. There should definitely be no traffic (vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle or pedestrian) movement across the bridge at present, it was highlighted to Canals and Rivers Trust that some traffic is attempting to cross. Until the bridge is fully repaired there is only a minimum amount of structure under the road surface. This is also a building site and should be respected as such.
  4. As the bridge is Grade 2 listed, it is having to be repaired sympathetically. Matching bricks have had to be sourced (from Belgium) and lime mortar has to be used.
  5. The contractor is suggesting, unless they find further problems, that they are looking towards mid-July for re-opening the bridge to traffic.

We are now in regular contact with Canals and Rivers Trust and as we get further updates we will publish them at that time.

 

Further updates will appear here.

 

Contact Information

Mrs Bridget Knight - Parish Clerk

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