Repairs to listed bridge near Wem unlikely before spring

By James Pugh | Wem | News | Published:

Repairs to a Grade II listed bridge badly damaged when a lorry overturned are unlikely to be carried out before next spring, it has been revealed.

Soulton Bridge

Shropshire Council said the type of material needed to carry out the repairs to Soulton Bridge near Wem cannot be used in the cold weather. It will mean traffic lights will need to remain in place until permanent repairs can be carried out.

The bridge, on the B5065, was closed for more than five hours on Thursday following the crash, which left the driver needing hospital treatment for neck and back pain.

The road was closed on Saturday morning to allow the recovery of the HGV to take place.

A spokesman for Shropshire Council said: “The HGV was successfully recovered on Saturday morning and the road was re-opened at approximately 2.30pm.

“The two-way traffic lights will need to remain in place until the permanent repair work to the bridge can be undertaken.

“Due to the listed status of the bridge all permanent repair works will need to be agreed with Shropshire Council’s historic environment team.”

“Works are unlikely to carried out before spring 2018 as the type of material likely to be used in the repair cannot be used in cold weather.”

James Pugh

By James Pugh

Shropshire Star Business and Farming Editor.


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