Essential work to replace the decking of an historic aqueduct over the River Tees is to begin next month.
Northumbrian Water will begin the three-and-a-half-month programme of work, on Tuesday September 1. This work will ensure that Deepdale Aqueduct, in Barnard Castle, can be used safely by pedestrians in the future.
The bridge, which is a Grade II listed building due to its industrial interest and importance, was built in 1898 by Stockton and Middlesbrough Water Board to transport drinking water over the River Tees. It currently houses three water mains which transport tap water from a nearby water treatment works to Barnard Castle and Teesside.
The decking of the bridge, which is currently timber and in a poor condition, will be replaced with glass reinforced plastic.
Nicholas Tudberry, Northumbrian Water’s project manager for the scheme, said: "Our first job will be to set up the site compound, which will be located on the eastern side of the bridge. Scaffolding will then be erected and attached to the bridge. We will work from east to west and the old timber decking will be removed in stages and 45 metres of new glass reinforced plastic decking with be laid."
To enable this work, the pedestrian-only bridge will need to be shut from Tuesday September 8 until Friday December 18 2015. A clearly sign-posted diversion over the A67 Bridge will be in place during this period.
Mr Tudberry continued: "We appreciate how well used this bridge is and would like to assure those that use it that we will do our best to complete this work as quickly as we can. This work is essential to ensure the safety of bridge users."
To allow the safe delivery and collection of materials to and from site, temporary traffic lights will be located on the B6277, near Lartington Lane, and used when required, between Tuesday September 1 and Friday December 18 2015.
Northumbrian Water is working closely with Durham County Council to manage and minimise disruption and inconvenience.
Construction traffic will need access to the working area and to a site compound which will be located on the eastern side of the bridge. This work is to be carried out by Interserve Construction Limited on behalf of Northumbrian Water.
For further information contact Cara Charlton on 0191 301 6720.