A popular bridge will remain closed for the foreseeable future for safety reasons.
The Grade I listed Powick Old Bridge in Worcester will remain closed to pedestrians and cyclists for the foreseeable future for safety reasons.
This is whilst investigations into the collapse and repair options continue.
Initial investigations show that part of the supporting wingwall collapsed into the River Teme, resulting in loss of material and support for the main bridge section.
The collapse of the bridge, which is also recognised as a Scheduled Ancient Monument, is likely caused by recent flooding and a buildup of debris.
Councillor Mike Rouse, Worcestershire County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport said, “Our Structural Engineer has been on site with a drone, and together with scans, has gathered some good information to help identify the full extent of the issue.
”Over the next 24 hours, our Diving Team will also be out with SONAR equipment, this will assist us to explore stabilisation options.
Until we have conducted a full assessment and liaised with Historic England regarding the next steps, we are not yet able to offer a timescale for how long the bridge will remain closed. Plans for an alternative route for cyclists and pedestrians are being explored.
We recognise that this is a very popular walking and cycling route, but the bridge is just not safe to remain open.”
According to Historic England, the bridge was constructed before 1447 and was partially rebuilt during the 17th century. It is constructed from stone with brick and is approximately 60m long and up to 7m wide.
The bridge has a brick parapet approximately 1m high with chamfered stone coping except on the west where it is interrupted by a road.