North Yorkshire County Council is launching an investigation after Whitby swing bridge was damaged on Wednesday afternoon.
The gate that closes the bridge to traffic on the town’s west side was crushed at about 5.30pm yesterday as the bridge was swinging open for harbour traffic.
One of the fencing panels next to the gate on the fixed end of the bridge was also damaged and has ended up in the river.
The County Council will close the bridge to road traffic today at 7am to install a temporary gate and to retrieve the damaged panel.
Pedestrians will still be able to cross the bridge. It is hoped the bridge will reopen at 7am on Saturday. The 50-year-old gate is said to be “badly damaged."
"This was a very unfortunate incident,” said David Bowe, North Yorkshire’s Corporate Director for Business and Environmental Services.
“We do not really know how this could have happened but we are investigating. We will be closing the bridge tomorrow morning to install a temporary gate and fencing panel and will complete this work as quickly as possible.”