Derby City Council is responsible for the maintenance of highway bridges on the local road network and public rights of way.
We aim to inspect:
The overall purpose of inspections is to:
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.
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.