Cumbria

Early opening for repaired Workington bridge

Calva Bridge, Workington
Image caption It is hoped the bridge will be open to traffic by Easter

A bridge which was so severely damaged in the Cumbria floods that it was thought it would collapse, is reopening to the public.

Calva Bridge in Workington was one of a number damaged or destroyed during heavy rainfall in November 2009.

For a time it was condemned, but the council later decided to repair it.

The work finished earlier than expected and pedestrians will be able to cross it later, in advance of the original reopening date of 14 February.

Traffic should be able to use it by Easter.

Cumbria County Council decided repairs were a "risk worth taking" despite the scheme being given a 50/50 chance of success.

However, the time to construct and open a new build would have taken at least a year longer.

Councillor Tony Markley, Cumbria County Council's cabinet member for highways, said: "Once Calva is open again to traffic we'll have the same road provision we had over the River Derwent in Workington before the floods, and a return to some form of normality."

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