Farndon-Holt Bridge to open again following essential repair work
8 October 2018Farndon-Holt Bridge will open again for vehicles on Wednesday 10 October following essential repair work to preserve it for the future.
The grade I listed bridge and scheduled monument, which connects the village of Farndon to Holt, closed in July and repairs were originally estimated to take 14 weeks. The Bridge will actually re-open around two weeks earlier than planned.
Council engineers had noticed erosion of the Bridge’s historic sandstone had increased significantly. Rain water was also not draining away properly but seeping into the historic fabric of the bridge. Although the bridge structure was strong and secure, some of the sandstone would have eventually worn away if action was not taken to improve the drainage system and repair the most damaged stone blocks.
As well as a road closure for vehicles throughout the repairs, 10 days of full closures were planned during the works, which would have meant no access for pedestrians and cyclists too. However, contractors, A E Yates, managed to cut this down to just three days and on other occasions operated partial closures where pedestrian and cyclists were escorted over the bridge at regular intervals.
The Council’s Bridges Team also liaised with utility company Welsh Water, so their works on High Street in Farndon could be carried out at the same time as the bridge repairs to minimise disruption to the community.
Councillor Karen Shore, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “We would like to thank everyone for their patience and support while these important repairs took place.
“The new bridge deck looks wonderful, due to successful cross-border partnerships not only between Cheshire West and Chester and Wrexham local authorities but also between public bodies responsible for protecting historic buildings and structures - Historic England and Cadw in Wales.
“This work is part of our 10-year maintenance plan for the bridge, to ensure it continues to stand proud across the river for many generations to come.”