Bridges and bridge strengthening.

A bridge is a structure which carries a road over a river, canal, railway or motorway – or the other way around. For example, it might carry a railway or motorway over a road.

We own and are responsible for around 80 highway bridges and these are regularly checked each year.

Reports of damage from vehicle collision, storm damage or other causes are investigated as soon as possible. If the damage to a bridge is caused by a vehicle, we may use the details of the vehicle to claim the cost of the repairs.

Bridge strengthening

The maximum weight of lorries that are allowed to use bridges is 44 tonnes. All bridges have been tested to see if they can cope with this weight safely.

Bridges that have been assessed as weak will have a temporary weight restriction until they can be strengthened.

For further information about bridges, contact the structural engineering manager.

Contact the structural engineering manager