High Bridge crack repairs on to-do list

High Bridge Spalding'Crack in bridge!
High Bridge Spalding'Crack in bridge!
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HIGHWAYS bosses say they will fix cracks on High Bridge caused by a crash more than a year ago “as soon as possible” but they have higher priority problems first.

On March 16 last year a lorry collided with the bridge, leaving cracks that can still be seen on the structure, which dates back to 1838.

A reader, who asked not to be named, told the Lincolnshire Free Press that bits of loose slab from the top of the bridge have been removed and thrown into the river by vandals and called on Lincolnshire County Council to act to fix the problem before it becomes a danger.

Richard Waters, principal engineer for the county council structures team, said: “We are aware of the damage to High Bridge in Spalding and will make the repairs as soon as possible.

“It is not currently dangerous and we must therefore attend to higher priorities across our large network, but it is on our contractor’s list.

“To lift and re-set the large masonry blocks that form the parapet wall is no small task.

“We’ll need to close the road over the bridge to do this and divert traffic for a day. This can hopefully be scheduled in for a Sunday in due course.”