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Flood-damaged Brighouse Bridge repairs planned for next week

Calderdale Council to repair huge crack but insists bridge is safe

Work to repair a huge crack in the side of Brighouse Bridge could start as early as next week, it has been revealed.

The damage dates back to 2013 but the Boxing Day floods raised fears the crack was getting bigger.

The Examiner reported how specialists in wetsuits plunged into the River Calder to carry out a safety assessment of the structure.

Experts gave the Huddersfield Road bridge the all-clear but now it has emerged that repair work has been agreed by Calderdale Council.

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Council leader Clr Tim Swift said: “Our highways team inspected the bridge in 2013 due to a water leak from a cracked pipe within the wall of the bridge.

“Continued monitoring since then, as well as daily checks since the Boxing Day floods, show no change in the size of the crack or the condition of the wall since 2013. All inspections have confirmed that the bridge is safe to use.

“Work to rebuild the wall, which was planned before the flooding, is due to start next week and will take about two months.”

Repair work had been due to take place in November but was delayed.

News that work had been agreed was welcomed by Calder Valley Tory MP Craig Whittaker who said: “Considering the additional damage to the bridge following the flooding I am pleased that the council have acted quickly and that the work to repair the bridge has now been planned.”



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