The bridge was badly damaged when a van was set on fire underneath it and abandoned in the early hours of Monday 10 June 2019. Structural surveys we carried out after the fire showed that it was structurally unsafe and has been closed to traffic since then.
The land under the bridge is owned by the Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust and the trust has agreed that we can fill in under the bridge. The work is set to take around 3 weeks, and after it's finished Longmoor Lane will be re-opened.
Over the past couple of weeks we've already built a new footpath so that the footpath that used the old towpath under the bridge can be re-routed.
A pedestrian refuge on Longmoor Lane where the footpath has to cross the road will also be constructed.
Once the bridge is open work will continue at night to resurface various parts of Longmoor Lane. This includes around the roundabout with the junction at College Street, near the junction with Sandringham Road, and around the junction with Dorothy Avenue. Longmoor Lane will need to be closed from 6pm to midnight while these works take place.
Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, Councillor Simon Spencer, said:
“We found ourselves in a very difficult position following the fire so we are extremely grateful to the Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust for their agreement to let us fill in under the bridge.
“We are aware that during the time that Longmoor Lane has been closed this has been very inconvenient for those who live and work in Sandiacre and Long Eaton, and I’d like to thank everyone for their patience.”
A legal agreement struck with the trust guarantees that when they are in a position to re-open the canal we'll build a new bridge.
Work to improve the junction with Bostocks Lane and the A52 roundabout was stopped due to the fire under the bridge. We'll now start talks with the Highways Agency about when this work might take place. It's expected that this could be next year.