Northumberland bridge to close for nine weeks to allow for repair work

Tranwell South Bridge which will close for repair works
-Credit: (Image: Northumberland County Council)

A Northumberland bridge is to close for nine weeks to allow for repair work to strengthen the structure.

From Monday, July 8, a 2.5 mile diversion will be in place for nine weeks while Tranwell South Bridge, in the village of Tranwell, near Morpeth, undergoes repairs. The bridge carries the C150 link road over the Catch Burn and currently it has insufficient capacity to accommodate the weight of some modern vehicles.

The works involve the excavation of the carriageway material and the installation of a reinforced concrete strengthening slab above the existing structure. The carriageway will then be reinstated alongside drainage and parapet improvement works.

Unfortunately, due to the nature of the work, the road carried by the bridge will be required to be fully closed and a diversion route will be in place via the B6524.

Paul Jones, Director of Environment and Transport at Northumberland County Council, said: "Our bridges are vital links between communities and undergo regular inspections to ensure they are in good condition and can carry the weight of modern vehicles.

"We are sorry for any inconvenience this will cause but this work will ensure the bridge is fully strengthened and improved for years to come. We thank drivers in advance for their patience while we carry out this scheme."