Ovington village bridge collapse repairs begin

Bridge collapse
Image caption The closure has added 20 minutes to journey times

Work has begun to repair a bridge which collapsed during heavy rain leaving a County Durham village split in two.

A landslide after unprecedented levels of rainfall closed the bridge in Ovington, near Teesdale in December.

Villagers were left facing a 10-mile detour after the main route to the A67, linking County Durham with North Yorkshire, was cut off.

A spokesman for Durham County Council said they were doing all they could to "minimise disruption" to the community.

Work to repair the bridge is expected to take 12 weeks.

A reinforced concrete wall will be built with a stone facing to match the original bridge wall.

The council said where possible, the original stone in the area around the bridge would be re-used.

Work to repair the road and remove debris from the embankment will also be carried out.

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