Bridge replacement under way as road dug up

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A SCARBOROUGH link road is being ripped up as part of work to replace an ageing railway bridge beneath it.

Westwood Bridge, in Belgrave Terrace, is part way through a two-and-a-half-month closure.

The ongoing engineering works have seen the road surface pulled back to reveal steelwork underneath.

The bridge replacement has been deemed “vital” to ensure the road is strong enough to carry vehicles.

The closure was announced after North Yorkshire County Council, which is responsible for highways in Scarborough, successfully made an order to close the link for the anticipated 10-week duration of the work.

However, now in place, the closure is causing an inconvenience to motorists who use the bridge as a short cut between Falsgrave and Westwood, and shoppers who visit Tesco.

The bridge is due to reopen at the end of March.

Cllr Andrew Backhouse, who holds the Scarborough Council portfolio for highways, acknowledged the work will cause an inconvenience but said it was necessary.