Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: For Determination
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: No
a) That Option A, to replace the existing Zouch Bridge with a new bridge on land to the south, be approved;
b) That additional funding of £5.548m required to construct a new bridge, over and above the £3.1m already allocated in the Medium Term Financial Strategy, be identified through Environment and Transport Department reserves and the Department’s existing capital programme;
c) That it be noted that continued monitoring of the Bridge will be undertaken to ensure safety.
REASONS FOR DECISION:
Continued monitoring of, and repairs to, Zouch Bridge combined with reactive weight restrictions (weight limits, lane closures and/or road closure) where necessary may suffice to keep it open for the next few years, but the Bridge is nearing the end of its useful life and needs to be replaced.
Replacement of the Bridge with a new structure to the south will avoid serious adverse impact on Leicestershire’s road network, minimising disruption to traffic and business, and doing this at the earliest opportunity should enable the project to be completed before reactive weight restrictions are required.
To ensure that any safety risks associated with the ageing bridge are identified and addressed.
OTHER OPTIONS CONSIDERED:
The following 3 options were considered:
Option A – replacing the existing bridge with a new bridge to the south;
Option B – continuing with reactive maintenance to the concrete; monitoring the bridge and carrying out repairs as required;
Option C – imposing weight restrictions, by way of limiting vehicle weights, closing lanes, or closing the road, as necessary.
Divisions Affected: Loughborough North;
Reason Key: Financial;
Other reasons / organisations consulted
None. (Planning permission is in place for the proposed scheme and the necessary Orders have been agreed; no further consultation is required).
Report author: Director of Environment and Transport
Publication date: 24/05/2019
Date of decision: 24/05/2019
Decided at meeting: 24/05/2019 - Cabinet