The Kirkoswald to Lazonby road at Eden Bridge has now reopened this afternoon after highways engineers successfully completed vandalism repairs in less than half the expected time.
The vandalism occurred last Wednesday evening at the works site at the damaged parapet wall on Eden Bridge near Lazonby. The temporary traffic signals in place were vandalised and thrown over the walls and lengthy sections of coping stone had also been dislodged and pushed off the top of the walls.
About 16 metres of the wall was damaged including a length over the river. The solar powered signals that were on trial at the location were also very badly damaged.
As a result of the vandalism, Cumbria County Council closed the road temporarily to maintain the safety of the travelling public. However the councilís highways team have worked hard to ensure that the road is re-opened as soon as possible.
Cllr Tony Markley, Cumbria County Council's Cabinet member responsible for highways, said: "It is despicable that this mindless damage has been carried out. Despite the huge setback and the level of damage that was caused, the highways team have been successful in ensuring that the road is re-open in less than one week. This is a fantastic achievement and shows the councilís commitment in re-opening the road for the use and convenience of local people and visitors."
Police are investigating the vandalism incident as malicious damage. Anyone with information, or anyone who saw suspicious activity or vehicles in the area, should call Penrith Police on the new police non emergency number 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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