Flood-damaged Bouthrey Bridge to be reopened

A bridge badly damaged in the Cumbria floods two years ago will be officially reopened.

Bouthrey Bridge, just off the A5084 between Water Yeat and Nibthwaite in South Lakeland, suffered serious damage in November 2009.

A temporary bridge for a local farmer and pedestrians was built and repair work started with funding from the Department for Transport.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Monday.

'Important milestone'

The reconstruction work included replacing bat roosts and otter habitats which were damaged.

Cumbria county councillor for High Furness Claire Salisbury said: "This bridge repair is yet another important milestone in Cumbria's recovery from the floods and is a good reminder of how far the county has come since those dark days of November 2009.

"I'd like to thank local people who use Bouthrey Bridge for their patience and understanding while the bridge has been out of action."

Following the flooding, 20 road bridges were closed.

The council said with the reopening of the bridge, Workington's Northside Bridge was the only key road bridge still to be replaced. The replacement is due to be completed by May 2012.

PC Bill Barker was on Northside Bridge diverting traffic when it collapsed, leading to his death.

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