Tuesday, August 01, 2017
A £410,000 scheme to rebuild a bridge in Irwell Vale, Rossendale is now complete.
Ogden Bridge provided the only access for 100 homes in the village until September 2014. However it was closed when it became unsafe. Since then, residents have had to use a temporary bridge to get to and from their homes.
Lancashire County Council employed Eric Wright Ltd to repair and improve the bridge.
County Councillor Keith Iddon, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "This bridge provided a vital link for the local community. However it had fallen into a state of disrepair and people have had to rely on a temporary bridge, until the essential repairs could be made.
"The bridge is now open once again, and is much safer and easier to use for drivers and pedestrians.
"The improvements have brought the bridge up to a standard where it can be adopted and maintained by the county council as part of our highways network.
"Ogden Bridge is the second of three in the village to be improved, with work on the Irwell Vale Bridge completed in 2016, and work on the Lumb Edenfield bridge set to begin in 2019."
The original arch has been incorporated into the design of the revamped Ogden Bridge.
There is now an improved walkway for pedestrians and extra room for vehicles to manoeuvre.
County Councillor Iddon added: "Ogden Bridge dates back to 1830, so it's important to maintain its original character.
"The parapets are built using reclaimed stone, so that the new bridge fits in with the surrounding conservation area.
"The new bridge is also much safer and easier to use for drivers and people on foot, and allows more water to flow underneath, which will help ensure the level in the river Ogden below doesn't get too high."
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