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Dutch River bridge at Rawcliffe Bridge reopens after 12 months of strengthening work

The bridge over the Dutch River in Rawcliffe Bridge reopened this week (Tuesday 9 June) after essential work was completed.

The road bridge has been closed to traffic since mid-June 2019 to allow East Riding of Yorkshire Council to carry out improvements to the post-tensioned structure.

The works were undertaken to strengthen the bridge and ensure its safety for years to come.

The previous weight restriction has also been removed, meaning the bridge is now open to all vehicles travelling in single file under a traffic light priority system.

Chris Matthews, portfolio holder for strategic management at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “I’m extremely pleased we’ve been able to secure this bridge for the future and to reopen it to the public.

“The residents of the Rawcliffe Bridge area have been extremely understanding while this essential work went on, and I want to thank them for their patience.”

The work involved strengthening the sub-structure of the bridge, re-waterproofing and resurfacing the bridge deck, re-tensioning the vehicle restraint system, carrying out repairs to the parapets, installing permanent traffic lights

The council had hoped to reopen the bridge in March, but the discovery of further corrosion to the steel strands meant extra work had to be carried out, involving the injection of an innovative new corrosion inhibitor, in order to prevent further closures of the bridge in the future.

The work was carried out by the council’s framework contractor, PBS Construction (North East) Ltd, a local civil engineering contractor.

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