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Damage to bridges and structures

3. Types of bridges and structures

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We currently look after 656 structures across Stockport:
93 Road Bridges, 146 Footbridges, 288 Retaining Walls, 103 Culverts, 17 Subways, 8 Sign and Signal Gantries and 1 Tunnel

Bridge

A structure with a span of 1.5m or more spanning and providing passage over an obstacle, e.g. watercourse, railway, road, valley. This category also covers subways and underpasses.

Footbridge

A structure with a span of 1.5m or more spanning and providing passage over an obstacle, e.g. watercourse, railway, road, valley, where the main function is to carry pedestrian traffic only, this includes pedestrian cycleways.

Culvert

A drainage structure with a span of 1.5m or more passing beneath a highway embankment that has a proportion of the embankment, rather than a bridge deck, between its uppermost point and the road running courses. Culverts are normally rectangular or circular in cross section.

Retaining wall

A wall associated with the highway where the dominant function is to act as a retaining structure, and with a minimum retained height of 1.35m

Sign/signal gantry

A structure spanning the highway, the primary function of which is to support traffic signs and signalling equipment.

Steps

A flight of stairs leading up or down from the highway, footway or park land.

Subway

A bridge providing passage under a road for use by pedestrians.

Tunnel

A tunnel with an enclosed length of 150m or more through which a road passes.