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Bridge works for flood damaged Cumbrian town

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Work has started on a new steel bow-arch bridge in Workington that will carry both pedestrians and cyclists across the River Derwent and provide an important connection between two local communities.

With a span of 68m, the new structure is being constructed on the site of the former Navvies bridge that was damaged beyond repair during the floods of 2009.

The new structure will be far more resistant to the risk of future flooding events as it spans the river without the need for any supporting piers, which can be damaged when rapids and debris hit them during floods. It will also be more than twice as wide as the old bridge (3m wide compared with 1.2m), meaning it is more cycle-friendly and will be able to form part of the Hadrian’s Cycleway network, which runs from Ravensglass to Wallsend.

The steelwork contractor for the project is Rowecord Engineering.

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