The Re-building of Elland Bridge

Wednesday 25th April 2018

At the Society’s April meeting Mike Bentley, a member of Halifax Photographic Society, gave a fascinating account of the £4m rebuilding of Elland Canal Bridge which was completed in April 2017.

The bridge had suffered severe structural damage during the Boxing Day floods in 2015 when water levels were 6ft higher than normal.
The foundations for the canal bridge were severely damaged and the road surface badly fractured. Mike’s talk of the stage by stage reconstruction was vividly illustrated by his photographs. Among the many complications the engineers had to face were building temporary bridges for services and pedestrians.
The arch for the new bridge was constructed in 7 pre-cast sections and the original stone was used for the external face. Voids were filled by pumped-in concrete to ensure a long life for the new bridge.
Geoff Barnes, Vice-Chair and Publicity Officer