Roads - bridges

The City Council is responsible for the maintenance of highway bridges on the local road network and public rights of way.

Do you inspect bridges?

We aim to inspect …

  • All bridges
  • Footbridges
  • Culverts
  • Pedestrian sub-ways
  • Gantries.

The overall purpose of inspections is to:

  • monitor condition
  • safe for use
  • fit for purpose. 

We use the information from inspections to prioritise the most urgent work and to ensure that finances are targeted in the most cost-effective way.

How often do you carry out inspections?

We carry out general inspections every two years.  An inspector visits a structure on foot and records the condition and takes photographs of any defects.

We carry out full inspections on major bridges every six years. These are more detailed than general inspections and carried out to within touching distance from all parts of the bridge.

On occasions, we carry out special inspections. This might be to investigate a report of damage, or to look at specific parts on a bridge such as railings.

While we sometimes contact private bridge owners if concerns over the state of a bridge have come to our attention, the inspection and maintenance of such structures is the responsibility of the owners.  Other private bridge owners in Derby include Network Rail, the Rail Properties Board and Severn Trent Water.

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Derby City Council
Engineering
The Council House
Corporation Street
Derby
DE1 2FS
Phone: 01332 642516 or 642515
Minicom: 01332 640666
Derby City Council
Engineering
The Council House
Corporation Street
Derby
DE1 2FS