A crumbling, 160-year-old bridge in Leeds is back to its former glory after a seven-month engineering project.
Parkin Lane Bridge in Calverley was showing signs of serious deterioration, threatening the only access for vehicles to the small community.
An innovative scheme meant the bridge could remain open whilst work was carried out, which included the installation of new structural steelwork that supported rather than replaced the existing cast iron bridge.
Lifting equipment mounted on pontoons on the canal was used to lift steelwork into place.
Exposed metal work was repaired and repainted, including the beams and the decorative parapet railings, and repairs to the road surface were made.
Councillor Richard Lewis, executive member for development and the economy, said: “We were faced with the potential of there being no road links into the community. We had no other option than to invest in vital repair work to ensure that local people stay connected.”
The engineering work was a joint effort by the local community, Thornhill Estates, the Canal and River Trust and contractor Colas.
Edmund Thornhill, of Thornhill Estates, said: “The refurbished bridge also provides access to the magnificent woodland, providing a beautiful backdrop.”
The bridge also carries the Calverley Cutting – a track created in 1856 to replace the old packhorse track through Calverley to Apperley Bridge.
It also forms part of the Calverley Millennium Way – a special walk around the boundary of the village created by locals.
A special opening ceremony marked the completion of the work.