Repair work to Scalby Bridge, Scarborough, completed after 'devastating' strike

Work to repair a bridge in Scarborough that was badly damaged in a hit and run crash last month has been completed.

By Carl Gavaghan, Local Democracy Reporting Service
Thursday, 17th December 2020, 2:05 pm
Scalby Bridge.
Scalby Bridge.

Essential repairs were carried out on Scalby Bridge in Hackness Road in Scarborough after what was called a “devastating bridge strike”.

North Yorkshire County Council’s highways team say repairs to the nine-metre gap caused by the strike in the parapet wall has been finished “ahead of schedule”.

A spokesman for the council added: “We’ve now reopened the road to traffic and pedestrians.

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The completed repair work.

“We’d like to thank people for their patience while the repairs were carried out.”

Speaking after the bridge was damaged, Cllr Don Mackenzie, the executive member for Access, said that it was happening more and more and urged drivers to take care.

He 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."

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