A bridge is a structure carrying the highway over a river, canal, railway, motorway, etc, or carrying a railway, motorway, etc over the highway.

Other highway structures can include culverts, chambers or subways under or over the highway, retaining walls, earth embankments 1.37 metres or more in height and the structural elements of sign and signal gantries.

There are approximately 1000 highway bridges and structures in Bolton. Of these approximately 370 are owned and maintained by the Council as Highway Authority. The remainder are either in private ownership (e.g. Network Rail) or are maintained by other Departments of the Council (e.g. Corporate Property Services and Education and Culture).

The Highways and Engineering division's Structures Team manages, inspects and maintains all bridges and highway structures owned by the Council as Highway Authority. The team also undertake inspections of all other highway bridges and structures in Bolton in order to safeguard public safety.

Reporting damage to a bridge or highway structure

To report a defect to highway bridges or structures, during office hours please contact us.

Outside normal office hours, damage that could cause a safety issue should be reported to the police.

Abnormal loads

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) handle all abnormal load management for Bolton's road. Please see the TfGM freight website for further details and contact information.

If any street furniture needs to be moved, please contact us for advice.

Highways and Engineering

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