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Papcastle Bridge is a three span structure that carries the A595 over the River Derwent on the Cockermouth NW Bypass. It was constructed in 1991 as part of a scheme to route the A595 round the town, thus taking through traffic off the older Gote Bridge and the steep Gote Brow incline.
When floods in 2009 and 2015 damaged and closed most of the bridges in West Cumbria, Papcastle Bridge, with its more modern design, remained open and became a diversion route. As a result, the S2 A595 it carries became extremely congested, until a temporary bridge was constructed in Workington.