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Thornton on Swale bridge to close for repairs

Thornton on Swale bridge Image copyright David Martin/Geograph
Image caption Thornton on Swale bridge will be closed for six weeks from Monday

A grade II listed bridge is to close for six weeks to allow work to prevent major structural damage to take place.

Damage to the Thornton Bridge, which crosses the River Swale between Cundall and Brafferton in North Yorkshire, was found while the single-span, wrought iron structure was being repainted.

The work, due to start on Monday, will involve raising the bridge deck by 150mm (6in) and realigning the road.

North Yorkshire County Council said a signed diversion would be in place.

Councillor Don Mackenzie, executive member for highways, said: "During painting of the single-span bridge it was discovered that traffic was causing excessive deflection to the main bridge beams, which was damaging the wrought iron arch structure.

"This needed to be corrected to prevent major damage to the old arch ribs."

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