A historic bridge over the river Derwent in Yorkshire will be restored and repaired by a local civil engineering company.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has commissioned the work on Stamford Bridge from Esh Construction. The 1727-built bridge has damaged parapets after several vehicle strikes. Esh will replace old and broken stone and install more bollards to further protect the parapet.

Historic Stamford Bridge, Yorkshire, UK. Credit: East Riding of Yorkshire Council

The construction work on the 80m bridge will start on 20 May. The cost to East Riding of Yorkshire Council will be US$436,000.

The single lane bridge will be completely closed during the works, necessitating a diversion of the traffic using the A166.

Michael Sherrard, construction manager at Esh, said: “As Stamford Bridge is a single lane bridge, we’ll need to add scaffolding on the road to access the works, which makes a closure essential. This is an historic bridge in the area and we will be using lime mortar to keep the style and original look of the bridge, with the materials being sourced from the same place. We want to get the bridge back into a condition where it lasts another 300 years.”

The company has committed to longer work days and weekend working to complete the project sooner with minimal disruption. It has recently delivered a similar project in Bubwith, after another bridge needed emergency repairs to its headwall and parapet.