Structural surveys showed that the bridge was no longer safe to carry traffic after a van was abandoned and set alight underneath it during the early hours of 10 June 2019.
Now Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust, which owns the land under the bridge, has granted permission to strengthen the structure by enclosing it with bricks at each side and pouring in concrete to allow it to be brought back into use.
We are also taking the opportunity to resurface stretches of Longmoor Lane while road closures are in place to prevent further disruption for residents in the future.
This will be carried out in phases and is expected to start on Monday 19 August.
Phase 1 will involve resurfacing Longmoor Lane from its junction with the B5010 Derby Road to Lock Lane.
The existing temporary road closure on Longmoor Lane will be extended to include the stretch between the B5010 Derby Road and Lock Lane. Traffic will continue to be diverted along the B6002 Longmoor Road, Bostock’s Lane (Long Eaton), M1,J25 Interchange, Bostock’s Lane (Sandiacre), B5010 Derby Road, B6002 Longmoor Lane and vice versa.
An ‘access only’ order currently in place along Sandringham Road will also remain in place.
During the 2nd phase Longmoor Lane will be resurfaced at its junction with Sandringham Road. Three way temporary traffic lights will be in place for ‘access only’ vehicles.
Phase 3 includes resurfacing a stretch of Longmoor Road where it meets College Street roundabout. Two-way temporary traffic lights will be put in place to control traffic while this work is carried out.
All 3 phases of resurfacing will take place between 9.30am and 4pm when roads are likely to be less busy.
Councillor Simon Spencer, our Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said:
“We understand this is an ongoing inconvenience for local people but we have worked as quickly as possible to get everything in place so we can start work to repair the bridge and make improvements to nearby roads.”
“Bridge repairs are expected to take around a week with resurfacing around another 2 weeks, so the work should all be completed by early next month, weather permitting. These are essential repairs and improvements and we thank everyone for their patience while the work is carried out.”