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Deerness Bridge replacement

Work to replace Deerness Bridge between Ushaw Moor and New Brancepeth began in July 2017.

A temporary bridge is currently in place.

How this will affect you

Until the permanent bridge is fully repaired, the restrictions below apply.

Diversions for heavy vehicles and abnormal loads 

A 7.5 tonne weight limit remains on Broadgate Road, while the temporary bridge has an 18 tonne weight limit and a signed diversion route for heavier vehicles and Abnormal loads.

Pedestrians and horse riders 

There is a separated footpath across the bridge for pedestrians, cyclists and horses.


The Deerness Valley Cycle Path is not affected.

Why are we doing this?

Scheduled inspections identified concerns with the condition of Deerness bridge.  A detailed structural review of the bridge found a significant weakness that could no longer withstand the weight of regular traffic and the decision was made to close the bridge to all traffic and pedestrians on 13 April 2016 in the interest of public safety.

A review was commissioned to investigate whether the bridge could be re-opened to limited traffic. As a result of the review a temporary bailey bridge was put in place to allow the crossing to re-open.

A video update about the bridge

Our Head of Technical Services, John Reed provides a short update on what's happening:

Icon for pdf Deerness bridge replacement video transcript (PDF, 305.8kb)

Contact us
Sustainable Transport
03000 268 667
Our address is:
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  • Durham County Council
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  • County Durham
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0191 389 8182
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