Balfour Beatty has completed reconstruction works to the historic 18th century grade two listed Tadcaster Bridge.
The bridge was closed after its partial collapse due to the force of flood water after heavy rains during Christmas 2015. The works, which began in January 2016 on behalf of North Yorkshire County Council, have reunited the East and West side of the town, re-establishing vital links for residents and local businesses.
Balfour Beatty said it used its knowledge of coastal protection schemes to stabilise the remaining structure, implement a temporary footbridge and widen the existing bridge by two metres.
Dave Robinson, project director for Tadcaster Bridge at Balfour Beatty, said: “Due to its grade II listed status we have had to draw on our extensive experience to employ traditional materials and methods to reconstruct the bridge as it was originally built. We have also implemented 21st century technology during the reconstruction process. We were delighted to be appointed by North Yorkshire County Council, following a successful partnership on the North Yorkshire coastal protection scheme and hope the local community is able to enjoy the reopened Tadcaster Bridge for many more centuries to come.”
Balfour Beatty completed the project to schedule, in just over 12 months, despite high river levels and freezing conditions.
Don Mackenzie, North Yorkshire County Council’s executive member for highways, said: ““I am very proud of the enormous effort made by our contractors, Balfour Beatty, and our bridges team to complete a very challenging project of this kind in little more than half the time it would normally take.”