Bridges & Structures
The bridge maintenance section has overall
responsibility for in excess of 1500 bridges and structures that
are owned by Worcestershire County Council. However not all bridges
in Worcestershire are owned and maintained by the council.
Bridges on motorways and trunk roads, for example, are
maintained by the Highways Agency. Many railway bridges are owned
and maintained by Network Rail and some bridges over canals are
owned and maintained by British Waterways.
Key elements of bridge management are:
- Regular Inspections.
- Special Inspections.
- Bridge Maintenance.
- Accident Damage Repair.
- Strength Assessments.
- Structure Strengthening.
- Weight Limits.
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Bridges and Maintenance
ensure that bridges and structures are safe and fit for their
- Regularly inspecting every structure.
- Prioritising, planning and carrying out repairs to structures
that we own.
- Making sure that our construction standards are met by new
We make regular general inspections of all structures every two
years. Some other bridges, such as cast iron or weight-restricted
bridges, are inspected more often.
We also make a 'principal inspection' every 6 to 12 years,
depending upon the type of structure. This involves close
inspection of all parts of a structure, and often means using
specialist equipment and closing lanes of the road over or under
There is a rich heritage of old bridges in Worcestershire, and
these bridges need to be maintained carefully. Any work to historic
bridges must meet the strict requirements of English Heritage or
the Local Planning Authority (usually a district council).
Generally the work aims to make them safe and fit for purpose,
without significantly changing their appearance.
Information on Bridge strikes.
- UK Bridges
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This page was last reviewed 16 January 2014 at 12:08.
The page is next due for review 15 July 2015.