A BRIDGE near a popular market town is set to close for three weeks while work is carried out.

The "essential" road improvements are to be carried out to Hagg Bridge in East Cottingwith, near Melbourne, near Pocklington.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is to resurface the road over the bridge, on the B1228 road between Melbourne and Sutton upon Derwent, with the work due to start on Monday November 13.

The work is scheduled to finish and the bridge reopened on Friday December 1.

The council said a closure of the bridge is necessary to make sure the work is carried out safely and as quickly as possible.

Councillor Paul West, the council’s cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “Unfortunately this closure is unavoidable because of the work being carried out and the machinery involved.  

“We know this work will cause inconvenience, but we need to make sure the road surface is robust and will last for years to come. 

“I want to thank the local community for bearing with us while these improvements are carried out.”

York Press: Hagg Bridge will be closed for three weeksHagg Bridge will be closed for three weeks (Image: East Riding of Yorkshire Council)

The repairs follow major improvements carried out on the bridge in 2020. However, the council has since noticed problems with the road surface.

Therefore, the road surface will be fully replaced to make sure it is stronger, lasts a long time and to protect it against potholes and other damage. 

The work will be carried out on behalf of the council by contractor Keltbray.

During the work, the bridge will be closed to all traffic and pedestrians to ensure everyone’s safety. 

The official diversion will be Hagg Lane, Main Street in Melbourne, York Road, Sutton Lane, The Street, Main Street in Sutton Upon Derwent and Common Lane.

During the work between 2020 and 2021, protective coating had to be applied to the defective concrete to increase its durability to acceptable levels - and some elements of the originally completed work on the bridge had to be taken down and re-built afterwards.

The work also involved the construction of a concrete slab across the bridge to strengthen the structure, which goes over the Pocklington Canal and The Beck.

Due to the narrow road at this site, new permanent traffic lights were installed on either side to allow traffic to cross over the bridge from one direction at a time. Safety barriers were also installed along the length of the bridge.