Bridge re­pair work de­layed

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

Re­pair works to a medieval bridge hit by a drink-driver will take an­other month to com­plete.

Te­ston Bridge has been closed since Au­gust 5 after semi-pro­fes­sional foot­baller Ben Emery, from Thanet, crashed his BMW into the para­pet.

Kent County Coun­cil con­trac­tors have been work­ing to re­pair two cracks mea­sur­ing 10ft and dis­lodged stonework.

This was due to be com­pleted by Sun­day but work has been ham­pered by a short­age of lime to cre­ate his­tor­i­cally ac­cu­rate mor­tar to re­pair dam­age to the Maid­stone side of the Grade I listed span.

The bridge will now be closed un­til at least Novem­ber 3.

A di­ver­sion route in­volves Ton­bridge Road, Bow Road, Maid­stone Road, Hamp­stead Lane, Ben­over Road, High Street, Yald­ing Hill and Lower Road.

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