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Old Elvet Bridge works

Information about the 2018 Durham's Old Elvet Bridge project.


Old Elvet Bridge is a Grade 1 Listed Scheduled Ancient Monument which offers iconic views of Durham Cathedral and the River Wear. Almost every visitor to the City will spend time in this area.

The bridge and area beyond it towards Saddler Street was enhanced in the mid 1970's using high quality natural materials including York stone slabs, sandstone setts and smooth wheeler slabs as vehicle running tracks. While this may have been attractive when originally laid, deterioration has occurred over time. 

2018 work

The following work was done:

  • the bridge deck was waterproofed to protect it
  • paving was realigned and replaced
  • loading bays were created on the approaches to the bridge

Existing paving slabs where reused where possible and modern equivalent substitute materials were used where the existing slabs were damaged beyond re-use.

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