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Cattal bridge repairs


9:40am 7th April 2011

An historic bridge over the River Nidd at Cattal, between Harrogate and York, is to remain closed for three weeks longer than planned following the discovery of worse-than-expected structural problems.

The bridge was closed on February 7 for an eight week programme of essential repairs and maintenance work, But the original construction techniques employed during the building of the bridge more than two hundred years ago have presented North Yorkshire County Council’s contractors with significant problems to overcome.

A council spokesperson said:

“This bridge is a listed building, and we are working closely with English Heritage to ensure that this vital repair work does not in any way alter the character of the structure,

“This has meant that many of the individual stones with which the bridge is being repaired have had to be dressed in a unique way.”

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this slightly longer closure, but unfortunately it is inevitable,” added the spokesman.

It is now anticipated that Cattal bridge will reopen on April 21.

Cattal bridge was built around 1800 on the site of the crossing of the River Nidd by the Roman road connecting Aldborough and Tadcaster.  Years of weathering, coupled with numerous traffic accidents, had caused a deterioration in the stonework which, if left untreated, would have posed a serious threat to the integrity and safety of the structure. 

The cost of the repair will be approximately £78,000.

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