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The central pier from the mound of stone placed in the river "to divert flows away from the damaged central pier and to fill around the bridge pier where the river bed was scoured.

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The mound and test bore hole. 3,000 tonnes of stone has been used in the river.

NYCC Press Release 12-7-00

A DETAILED schedule of work has been drawn up for vital repairs to Mercury Bridge in Richmond which has been extensively damaged by flooding.

North Yorkshire County Council is working in close co-operation with the contractors Morrison Construction and Pell Frischmann Consultants, both of Wakefield, together with Mouchel North Yorkshire who will be acting as project managers.

Stone has now been placed in the river to divert flows away from the damaged central pier and to fill around the bridge pier where the river bed was scoured.

Site investigations are on-going with bore holes being drilled to give more information needed about the rebuilding process.

Before the rebuilding can start, however, the damaged arches have to be supported . Piling is due to start next week for the steelwork arch support.

The steel support girders will start to arrive on site early next month (August). They will be erected in the works compound which Morrison are now developing on the site.

The support structure will then be slid into position to support the arches. By early September the remaining stone structure of Mercury Bridge will be supported, and the major reconstruction of the bridge will be underway.

Until the arch support is in position and the safety of the structure is secure, the progress of the work will be determined by the flow of the river.

Mike Moore, director of environmental services for North Yorkshire County Council, said: "Once the bridge structure is safe a detailed assessment will be carried out to determine the full extent of the damage and the design requirements for the repair. After this inspection there is a possibility of opening the bridge for pedestrian and light vehicular use. Everyone on the team is very conscious of the effect this bridge closure is having on the town of Richmond and the surrounding area."

Contact: Mike Moore at County Hall, ext 2124

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