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Accident damage to historic bridge repaired
9:34am Thursday 6th September 2012 in Local news
Historic Otley Bridge has been repaired after an accident left it badly damaged.
The town suffered traffic problems following the incident, but Leeds City Council has been praised for its speedy action in repairing the bridge, which is classified by English Heritage as a scheduled ancient monument.
The structure suffered damage to its west parapet, which was in danger of falling into the River Wharfe. Traffic flow was reduced to one way until emergency repairs could be carried out, and the work was finished last Thursday. Otley and Yeadon councillor, Ryk Downes, said the repair work was specialised.
He added: “Despite the fact it is an English Heritage structure that has been damaged, the workmen have done an excellent job and a quick job to make sure everything was back to normal within less than a week.”
He said traffic had been chaotic, adding: “You have 7,000 people living to the north of Otley and there has only been one-way traffic.”