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Vital bridge work has been completed

Steven Bridgett at Dunkirk Bridge near Rothbury.

Steven Bridgett at Dunkirk Bridge near Rothbury.

A £75,000 project to strengthen and widen a historic bridge has been completed.

Work has been carried out on the Dunkirk Bridge, which is on the main Rothbury to Morpeth Road, the B6344.

The structure, built by Lord Armstrong, has been strengthened after sustaining damage over the years, caused by a number of traffic accidents.

Before the work was done, only one vehicle could use the bridge at a time.

But the widening scheme means that two vehicles will now be able to pass each other.

The project has been jointly funded by the National Trust and the Armstrong family who own the bridge along with Northumberland County Council who will now take over responsibility for its maintenance.

Local councillor Steven Bridgett, who pushed to get the work done, said: “The Dunkirk Bridge has been a problem for a number of years and has been the scene of a number of accidents.

“The situation was made even more difficult by the fact that the council did not own the bridge.

“However, working jointly with the National Trust and the Armstrong family has resulted in not only a strengthened bridge but also a wider road – which is what the residents of Coquetdale said they wanted.”

He added that the bridge was closed for five days during the work period.

 

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