THE restoration of Tadcaster Bridge after it was partially destroyed by flooding has been shortlisted for recognition in a regional awards scheme.

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) says the awards are held annually to showcase the outstanding work done during the past two years by civil engineers based in Yorkshire and the Humber.

The bridge over the River Wharfe at Tadcaster partially collapsed after the river burst its banks on Boxing Day, 2015, following months of rainfall in the Yorkshire Dales.

The collapse divided the town in two, with motorists facing a huge detour via the A64 to get from one side of the river to the other.

The scheme to rebuild the bridge has been shortlisted for ICE’s Smeaton Award, which is for projects costing between £500,000 and £5 million.

Professor Lord Robert Mair, the organisation’s president, will be presenting the awards at its annual black tie gala dinner at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate on March 2.

Penny Marshall, ICE regional director, said shortlisted projects had to demonstrate to the judging panel that they had benefitted the communities.