Marlow Bridge could be out of action for up to six months in the ‘worst case scenario’ being considered by Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC).
According to Cllr Mark Shaw (Con, Chesham), BCC cabinet member for transportation, repair works are also expected to cost at least £100,000, possibly as much as £200,000.
The damage, caused after the bridge was crossed by a lorry exceeding the weight restriction, is still being investigated and it is expected to take two weeks before the full extent is known.
During this time it will remain shut to all traffic bar pedestrians and cyclists.
Cllr Shaw also said the company responsible has been identified and insurance proceedings have been started against it.
Following the incident, which saw a wagon attempt to drive through the bridge before breaking a wheel on a bollard and them having to be towed off by police, Lithuanian firm Girteka Logistics tweeted an apology and promised to amend its drivers’ GPS systems so they would not use the bridge again.
Cllr Shaw added: “Clearly this has been a one-off, thankfully.
“We’ve even spoken to the sat nav industry to try and get them to take this out of their routes.
“But you can’t always legislate for things like this.”
The closure of the bridge has seen traffic forced into other areas at peak times, particularly on the A404.
Unfortunately, however, Cllr Shaw said there were no plans to try and relieve this, adding: “I fear that’s the situation we’re going to have until the bridge is fixed.”
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