VIDEO: This is the work needed on the Scalby bridge damaged by hit-and-run driver

Drivers are being warned to take care during journeys in winter after a Scarborough bridge was badly damaged in a recent hit-and-run crash.

By Sarah Fitton
Monday, 9th November 2020, 1:15 pm
Updated Monday, 9th November 2020, 1:18 pm

Essential repairs are due to be carried out on Scalby Bridge in Hackness Road after what has been called a “devastating bridge strike”.

North Yorkshire County Council’s highways team will now carry out work to repair the large gap caused by the strike in the parapet wall.

The driver who caused the damage has not been traced.

The damage to the bridge

The road bridge is closed to drivers and pedestrians, with work expected to be completed by Christmas. Originally the council had said it hoped the work would be completed by January.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Access, said: “Unfortunately vehicle strikes on our bridges, many of which are listed structures, are becoming more frequent. We want to issue a warning to drivers as this is one in a series of bridge strikes in recent months.

“During winter the dark nights and icy roads require drivers to be extra vigilant. Some bridges on rural roads in the county are particularly hazardous in these conditions so much care is needed. Please reduce your speed when approaching and be courteous to oncoming drivers also wanting to pass.

“If those who caused the damage don’t come forward or we are unable to trace them, the cost of repairs comes from the taxpayer and could impact on the county council’s ability to deliver other essential services.”

Cllr Derek Bastiman, member for Scalby and the Coast, added: “Our contractors are currently dealing with repairs to a number of other bridges across the county so work will begin on Scalby Bridge as soon as possible.

“The repairs will involve specialist scaffolding and new stone to be cut and dressed for the parapet wall.

“Please follow the signed diversion route while work is being carried out.”

Operatives working on site are observing all Government guidelines on safe social distancing.

Jools Marley, clerk to Newby and Scalby Parish Council, said that it was hoped that a repeat of the incident could be avoided.

She said: “We have been keeping local residents and visitors aware of the bridge closure on our social media and will keep them updated as work progresses. We want to promote this warning to drivers to avoid incidents like this happening again.”