Doncaster Council is responsible for around 615 bridges, culverts and other highway structures such as retaining walls, underpasses and footbridges.
We carry out general inspections every two years and principal inspections every six years on all bridges to determine their condition and maintenance requirements, passing on our recommendations to the appropriate bodies where required. These inspections involve giving each part of the bridge a score based on how serious and widespread any defects are, which generates an overall condition score that helps to prioritise spending our maintenance budget on the worst structures.
There are also 261 assets managed and maintained by organisations such as Highways England, Network Rail, the Canal and River Trust (formerly British Waterways Board) and the Environment Agency which we inspect from a public safety point of view.
We respond to emergency situations when required, such as the bridge strike on the Grade II listed Stainforth Bridge, putting in place an immediate road closure to ensure public safety, employing divers to recover the stone parapet from the river and an accredited stonemason to carry out the repairs.
Our team also acts as the Technical Approval Authority for all Highway Structures proposed by developers and council schemes. This ensures that any new structure is safe for use and fit for purpose.
We take pride in our ability to respond to ever changing demands on the road network such as helping to facilitate the Tour De Yorkshire cycle race over St. Georges bridge which we achieved by temporarily modifying the expansion joints to allow bicycles to cross.
We also actively monitor river levels on several watercourses across the borough to improve our response time to flood events.
Thorne Flyover parapets painting
We also undertake a number of other painting works throughout the year.
Newton Ings Footbridge demolition
The demolition phase of these works is currently ongoing.
Jubilee Bridge refurbishment
The existing decking of Jubilee Bridge involves anti-skid GRP plates fixed into timber planks. This system has been used for 15 years and has reached the end of its service life so we’re improving it by removing the timber planks and replacing them with a new continuous GRP decking solution which will provide a better running surface.
This scheme is currently ongoing with the steel repairs phase of works almost complete which will be followed by the redecking works.
PROW Footbridge replacements
We are currently in the process of arranging two more timber footbridges in Tickhill to be replaced with GRP.
GRP is quickly becoming a popular material for rural settings as it does not suffer from rot or corrosion as timber and steel bridges would which eliminates costly repairs or replacement.
Reporting bridge problems
To report faults or damage to bridges please contact email@example.com or call 01302 736000 advising, if applicable:
- the name of the bridge or road
- the registration of any involved vehicles
- time of incident
- any other relevant information
All reported incidents are treated anonymously unless otherwise stated.
Alternatively fill out a web-form here:
Bridges programme of works for 2019/20
Visit the following page for details of the 2019/20 Programme of Works for bridges: Highways programme of works