Drypool Bridge in Clarence Street, Hull.
Drypool Bridge in Clarence Street, Hull.

Drypool Bridge reopens after detailed investigations and surveys confirm safety 

Drypool Bridge has reopened today (Friday 26 April) following the completion of detailed investigations and surveys, which have concluded that the bridge is safe for use whilst major repair works are being planned. 

During these investigations, carried out on behalf of the Council by engineering specialists, Mason Clark Associates, detailed assessments were made of the deteriorated upper load-bearing columns.   

The assessments concluded that the bridge retains sufficient loading capacity to operate safely and reopen to all traffic, whilst major repairs are arranged.  

These strengthening and remedial works will be undertaken as a priority. 

A contractor will be appointed by the Council to begin this major repair work, which is anticipated to take between three and six months. A series of partial and full closures will be required when the works commence. 

Garry Taylor, Assistant Director of Major Projects, Culture, and Place said: “We appreciate the impact this closure has had, and we apologise to all those who have been affected.   

“However, the safety of our citizens is always our top priority, and we had to make sure that the bridge was safe before reopening to all traffic. Our early intervention and further investigation work has ensured this is the case. 

“We will now take the appropriate action and repair the deteriorated elements as soon as we have a contractor in place. This will help mitigate additional deterioration to the condition of the columns and reduce the likelihood of unexpected, last-minute closures. 

“We thank residents for their patience and understanding.” 

To keep up to date with the latest scheduled and emergency works taking place across Hull visit one.network, or the Hull weekly roadworks update section on HullCCNews.