BENWICK: Footpath replacement

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Work is about to start on replacing and improving a wooden footbridge at Benwick after the original structure rotted.

A replica cart bridge will be installed on new concrete pile foundations behind the existing timber walls which will be retained and repaired. Cambridgeshire County Council will start work on Monday, January 28, and the work is expected to take eight weeks at a cost of £190,000.

The new bridge will be steel with timber parapets designed to look like the original cart bridge that once spanned the River Nene at this location. The replica structure is in keeping with the bridge pictured on the village sign.

The footpath will be closed for the duration of the work with a local diversion in place.