Bridge to be closed at night

25 February 2013......   Poss Picture Post...    The Swing Bridge over the River Esk in Whitby harbour. The current swing bridge was built in 1908 and links the upper and lower harbour areas and the east and west sides of the town. The bridge spans 75ft. Nikon D3s, 70-200mm lens. 320ISO, 30 second exposure @ f18

25 February 2013...... Poss Picture Post... The Swing Bridge over the River Esk in Whitby harbour. The current swing bridge was built in 1908 and links the upper and lower harbour areas and the east and west sides of the town. The bridge spans 75ft. Nikon D3s, 70-200mm lens. 320ISO, 30 second exposure @ f18

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A £250,000 project to upgrade Whitby Swing Bridge is set to be completed with the next week, although North Yorkshire County Council has warned there will be disruptions during the final stages of work.

For the next three weeks, between midnight and 6am, the Swing Bridge will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians. However, this will not include weekends and a spokesperson for NYCC said the work will not affect Whitby Gothic Weekend.

Delays in the completion of the work have been blamed upon the severe winter weather, which led to the postponement of the painting of the underside of the main beams and an upgrade of the navigation lights. This work was rescheduled until after the busy Easter period.

The council does, however, expect work to be completed by 26 April, weather permitting, which means it should have no effect upon the goth weekend. The spokesperson added that further work was required into a third week, this would not begin until after the goth weekend, the night of Monday 29 April.

The bridge, which was built in 1908, has been given a major overhaul to restore its appearance and to reduce the likelihood of breakdowns.

The swing bridge works have included the replacement of the timber fenders and repairs to the timber ‘dolphins’ which protect the east and west piers of the bridge in the river, and a re-painting of the bridge. Other work included waterproofing of electric cabling and the raising of electrical junction boxes onto the underside of the bridge above the waterline to prevent breakdown of the bridge mechanisms and an update of the bridge’s computerised technology so that faults to be tracked and located precisely.