Work begins to replace Valley bridge

The bridge replacement is on track for future walking route
The bridge replacement is on track for future walking route
Share this article

Work has started to replace a rural footbridge near Hurst Green which was badly damaged by storms in December 2015.

Dinckley Bridge, which carries a footpath across the River Ribble, has been closed since being hit by flooding during storms Frank and Desmond, reducing the options available for walkers in a popular countryside area.

The structure, unusual for being a pedestrian suspension bridge, suffered severe damage to the deck and the hangers which attach to the suspension cables.

Lancashire County Council initially had to weigh-up whether to try to repair, or replace, the 1951-built bridge, taking into account issues such as its age, the level of damage, and what could be done to protect it from a similar incident in future.

The council unveiled a plan in March 2017 to replace the bridge and raise its height to mitigate against future flood damage, using £1.5m. in funds received from the Department for Transport.

The contractor NRS Limited has now begun building a compound and constructing an access track from Kenyon Lane, with work to remove the old bridge due to begin shortly. The existing bridge supports will then be raised by 1.5m, with the new bridge due to be lifted into place using a mobile crane in September.

Further work will then be needed to construct steps and a ramp up to the bridge and restore the access track.

The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of January.