A temporary weight restriction is being introduced on a bridge near Tebay due to safety concerns.
A structural assessment was carried out by Cumbria County Council and the authority found that the structure currently has a reduced capacity. It has implemented a temporary 26-tonne weight restriction to ensure that the bridge joints are not overstressed and that the structure remains safe to use by vehicles.
Vehicles heavier than 26 tonnes will be prohibited from travelling along the 80-metre long Roger Howe Bridge on the A685, which is located to the east of the M6 motorway and carries traffic on the A685 over the River Lune south of Tebay.
Keith Little, Cumbria County Council cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We’re introducing a temporary weight restriction on Roger Howe bridge as a safety precaution.
“Once our engineers have carried out further investigation work, we will understand the nature of strengthening works required and how long the restriction will need to stay in place. We apologise for any inconvenience but the safety of the public is of paramount importance.”
A signed diversion route will be in place as a suitable alternative for vehicles heavier than 26 tonnes.