Harewood Bridge

 

Carries the A61 over the River Wharfe


Grid Ref SE 312 460                                    Date of Strengthening 2001 approx.


This is the narrowest section of the A61 between Leeds and Harrogate. It has been the site of numerous accidents with the masonry parapets being partially demolished on several occasions. The bridge is a listed Building and therefore cannot easily be widened under current Planning legislation. A scheme for a Harewood bridge by-pass was investigated around 1990 but failed to gain sufficient support in the Local Transport Plan.


The bridge carries the A61 Leeds to Harrogate road across the River Wharfe at Harewood and was assessed by my staff at Leeds CC Bridges Section under the UK government’s Bridgeguard programme, and found to require strengthening to adequately carry heavy goods vehicles up to 44 tonnes.


The bridge was strengthened and waterproofed by constructing a concrete slab across the full width. In order to carry out the work, the road was closed in both directions for several weeks, traffic being diverted to the pool bridge crossing of the River Wharfe. Access to the adjacent sawmill was maintained throughout the work.



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Location Plan                Harewood Bridge

Harewood Bridge West Elevation

27 Feb 2008

The narrow carriageway and footway of the A61

27 February 2008

Downstream view of Harewood Bridge


27 February 2008

Downstream view of Harewood Bridge


5 April 2008

Upstream view of Harewood Bridge


5 April 2008