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Emergency closure of Dingle Bridge

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Dingle Bridge near Middleton Scriven has been closed to traffic on an emergency basis after one of its wing walls was found to have collapsed, leaving the road unsupported.

The road was closed on Thursday 24 February 2011.

The collapse is thought to have occurred as a result of frost heave during the extreme cold weather experienced in December.

At present, it is too early to be able to confirm how long the bridge will need to remain closed for; however, it is estimated that it is likely to be three to four months.

When the bridge is closed, traffic will be diverted via Overton and Oldfield.

Access for pedestrians and cyclists will remain available as usual.

Martin Taylor-Smith, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for transport
and IT, said:

“It is appreciated that the closure of the bridge may cause inconvenience and every reasonable effort will be made to repair the bridge and reopen it to traffic as soon as reasonably possible.”

Robert Tindall, Shropshire Councillor for Brown Clee, said:

“Though I regret the inconvenience the necessary repairs will cause, the council will do all that it can to minimise the time it will take to carry out the work.”