The old Dinckley Bridge makes way for new

Thursday, August 02, 2018

A milestone has been reached in the project to replace Dinckley Bridge, with the old suspension bridge being removed.

Work took place over the weekend and earlier this week to dismantle the old bridge deck and towers to make way for the new bridge due to be installed in September.

Dinckley Bridge, which carries a footpath across the River Ribble near Hurst Green, has been closed since being damaged by flooding during storm Desmond in December 2015, leaving walkers with a 7km round trip to cross the river in a popular countryside area.

The council unveiled a plan in March 2017 to replace the bridge and raise its height to mitigate against future flood damage, using £1.5m in funds received from the Department for Transport. Work began in July to construct the new bridge in what is a remote location with no road access.

The old bridge was dismantled by specialist contractors who set up scaffolding around the piers and used ropes to access the deck and cut it into sections for easier removal. The piers in the river have been left in place as they will be raised by 1.5m and used to support the new bridge.

Work is also taking place this week to relocate a tree near the bridge which was planted in 2014 as a memorial marking 100 years since the start of the First World War. It had to be moved to allow access for the crane which will be used to lift in the new bridge. Lancashire County Council has worked closely with Dinckley Parish Council to arrange for it to be moved and agree a new location nearby.

The replacement bridge will be a lightweight curved steel truss, with the width increased to 2m to provide more passing space for walkers. There will be steps on the north bank and a ramp at the south to allow for the additional clearance below the bridge, which will be supported by stone-faced abutments.

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