Bridges and Highways - The Legal Provisions



Endorsed by CIHT for CPD                                                                                                                                                   Approved by IHE

Highway structures and bridges play an important part in the highway network. Maintenance of highways and highway structures is a continuing liability for a highway authority and the temporary closure of a highway to undertake repairs to a bridge can create delays and inconvenience. This course is designed to meet the needs of those involved with highway structures and will focus on the maintenance responsibility for highways and highway structures.

Aims & Objectives:

This course has been specifically designed for those with practical experience of highway issues and in particular highway structures. Topics will be dealt with in detail and delegates are encouraged to participate from their personal experience. Case law updates as well as interpretation of existing statutory provisions will be considered in detail. Duties of a local highway authority and the manner in which a highway authority takes decisions will also be discussed

Course Outline:

  • The duty to maintain the Highway - Section 41 Highways Act 1980
  • Enforcement for an order to repair and the Special Defence
  • Powers to Construct bridges and the extent of repair
  • Retaining walls
  • Construction of structures under and over highways
  • Powers of entry
  • Regulating Traffic - Temporary Orders
  • New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 - Special requirement in certain streets
  • Apparatus affected by bridge works
  • Section 278 Agreements - Contribution towards highway works by persons deriving special benefit.


Mode of Delivery:

  • Initial Assessment
  • Detailed consideration of course notes
  • Interactive Exercises
  • Discussion
  • Feedback Activity


Benefits of Attending:

  • For practical purposes, knowledge of highway law and in particular highways structures will be up-to-date. The experiences of highway engineers and technical officers attending the course will be mutually beneficial to all delegates


Pre-Course Requirements:

  • Clear understanding and experience of highway issues.