Borough of Poole is the Highway Authority and is responsible for the bridges, located in the town, that are owned by the council. We have approximately 120 bridges in all and the council owns 86. Other authorities such as Network Rail (railways) and the Highway Agency (trunk roads) own the rest.
As a general rule, the bridge belongs to the organisation that required the bridge in the first place. Ownership may be transferred such as when the responsibility for a route changes.
Our inspection programme covers all bridges. Priority is given to those on main routes. From this a programme of maintenance work can be drawn up. Inspection of bridges; due to vehicle collision, storm damage or other such causes; are investigated as soon as is possible. In the case of collisions we can claim back the cost of structural repairs if we are able to obtain vehicle details.
Our bridges are managed in accordance with the nationwide standards and are generally inspected every 2 years, while principal inspections are carried out on larger structures or those with historical significance every 6 years.
The inspection process examines the condition of the bridge, which assists in prioritising repairs to be carried out as part of our comprehensive maintenance programme.
Special inspections are done as and when required after such incidents as a vehicle collision or sea/river erosion or whenever there is a problem that may compromise safety or reduce the structure’s ability to carry the vehicles that use them.
Page last updated: 25 February 2021