Diversions have been put in place as works to strengthen a Selby-area bridge force its closure for upto six weeks.
Cawood Bridge will likely remain closed until 2nd September as North Yorkshire County Council undertakes a £1 million programme of repairs and upgrades to the Victorian structure.
The work involves installing new steel plates that will enable the bridge's weight restriction to be up-rated to 10 tonnes from 7.5. The bridge will also receive a new coat of paint while contractors are on site.
NYCC's Barrie Mason said, "This investment in strengthening the bridge will have long-term benefits for the local and wider community. It will ensure the bridge’s longevity and help to retain local bus services."
A diversionary route has been signposted and bus routes that service the villages of Wistow, Cawood, Kellfield and Stillingfleet are running to an amended timetable (see below).
Highways officials have indicated that a further closure will be required in 2018 as NYCC looks to install a new custom-built swing system and motor. This, they say, will require the bridge be closed for a matter of a few days.