HGV Crash Leads To Bridge Repairs

Bridge repairs need to be carried out on Broad Bridge on the B4176 in Stableford after a HGV crashed into the structure.

The Shropshire Star reported on the incident, which occurred at the end of November, following which the driver of the lorry was hospitalised. The bridge itself was closed initially to allow the county council to install temporary edge protection, but full repair works can’t be carried out until next year.

According to the newspaper, the remedial works won’t be carried out until spring next year for a number of reasons, including the procurement of materials and the fact that working with lime mortar in cold, wet and freezing conditions is not advisable.

In total, the repair works are expected to cost £50,000. Local residents have been calling for safety improvements to the narrow, one-way bridge, because this is not the first accident to happen here.

Jack Fullwood, from nearby Stableford Hall, told the news provider that the main issue is with motorists travelling too quickly as they approach and cross the bridge, and failing to give way.

“It’s about time Shropshire Council got its act together and either widened the bridge or put in traffic lights,” he asserted.

This is not the only bridge in the UK that has been undergoing repairs recently after being damaged in an accident. Earlier this year a drunk driver caused £75,000 of damage to the Grade I listed Teston Bridge in Kent.

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