A low loader carrying an item of plant machinery with large forks struck and damaged the edge beam of Moor Bridge. The impact was of such a great force that it ripped part of the plant machinery from the low loader and flipped the forks over which then gouged the road surface in lane 1.
Following an inspection by Highways Agency structural experts, the damaged edge beam is beyond repair and this section of the bridge will require partial demolition and rebuilding.
A lane one closure has been put in place for the safety of road users and to protect the area from future bridge strikes. In addition, cones have been placed on top of the bridge to keep traffic away from the damaged beam.
The rest of the bridge is stable although it will be regularly monitored until repairs are completed. The lane closures will remain in place until work to repair the beam is carried out; this is expected to take place later this year.
Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.
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