The Bridges Section is responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of highway structures in the Borough. These structures comprise highway bridges, subways and culverts of span greater than 1.5m and highway retaining walls of greater than 1.5m retained height owned by the Council.
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The highway structures assessment, strengthening and maintenance strategy of Highway Authorities is to ensure the fulfilment of their statutory obligations under the Highways Act – “to provide a free passage for all vehicles up to the Construction and Use limit on the Highway,” taking into account local transportation issues and policies. From the 1st January 1999 this has included vehicles weighing up to 40 tonnes.
Prior to 1989 bridges constructed before 1922 were required to be assessed in accordance with Department of Transport Standard BD21/84 to determine their local carrying capacity.
The assessment of these bridges was designated as Stage 1 after European Community Directive 89/460/EEC was issued requiring the United Kingdom to accept 40 tonne vehicles on roads after 1st January 1999. At the same time a requirement to assess highway bridges designed prior to 1973 (Stage 2) and bridges of loaded length greater than 50 metres (Stage 3) was added.
Most Council owned bridges have now been assessed although there are still bridges where these assessments have yet to be completed i.e. those owned by Network Rail and Canal & River Trust. The main delay in the completion of these assessments has been due to the delay in implementation of a National Agreement between Local Authorities and Statutory Transport Undertakers.
Following the assessments a strategy has been determined to prioritise strengthening and reconstruction works following consideration of a number of factors such as location, route designation, traffic flows, local conditions, availability of alternative routes, environmental problems and consideration of neighbouring authorities requirements.