Lancashire County Council will unfortunately have to close the Crook ‘O’ Lune pedestrian bridge (east) on Monday 21st March due to safety reasons.
An inspection of the bridge was carried out following concerns regarding the deterioration of its condition and it has been confirmed that it is unsafe for future use.
The findings of the inspection report show the structure to be in a poor condition. The timber beams are overall in a very poor condition with numerous examples of entire beams being hollow and rotten along with several extensive splits. Some of the beams are starting to compress and deform due to the weight of the deck that they are supporting. Other beams may appear outwardly to be sound but they are actually rotting from within due to water coming in from above.
In order to protect cyclists and pedestrians an alternative pedestrian route is being provided across the Caton Lune Bridge. A 30mph speed restriction temporary traffic lights and single way traffic will be installed from Monday 21st March on Caton Lune Bridge, to allow the creation a marked pedestrian area alongside the traffic. The River Lune Cycleway will unfortunately have to be closed at Crook ‘O’ Lune Bridge.
Crook ‘O’ Lune car park and picnic site are also adjacent to the bridge, the car park, picnic area and cafe will remain open for business as usual.
The bridge originally a railway bridge, was constructed in the 1880’s but now carries the River Lune Cycleway which caters for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders. The Crook ‘O’ Lune (West) Bridge was refurbished in 2005, after being found to have similar problems to those of this bridge.
We apologise for the inconvenience that this closure may cause but I am sure you appreciate that the safety of the community is paramount in this decision. We will keep you informed of the next steps once our full assessment have been made and considered.
The above is from e-mail I received today from Lancashire County Council and I think the bridge is going to be out action for rest of the year, if 2005 bridge repairs were anything to go by!