Bridge demolition to cause delays

MOTORISTS using the A12 were urged to allow extra time for their journeys this weekend due to the demolition of a bridge on the road.

MOTORISTS using the A12 were urged to allow extra time for their journeys this weekend due to the demolition of a bridge on the road.

The trunk road has been closed in both directions between the A133 Spring Lane interchange (junction 27) and the A120 Crown interchange (junction 29) in Essex and will remain shut until 5am on Monday.

The road is closed as part of the £4million redevelopment of the Braiswick Road bridge.

The bridge has been closed since January 2003 following numerous tests on its strength and will now be demolished with a new bridge built in its place in April.

A temporary single span bridge with traffic light control was opened in 2003 and will remain open while the demolition work is carried out but will be closed if any problems occur.

That bridge will be demolished in August.

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A fully signed diversion route has been put in place for both northbound and southbound users of the A12, diverting traffic through Colchester via the A133 and the A1232.

However the Highways Agency has advised motorists to allow extra time for their journeys or seek alternative routes, as delays are expected throughout the period of the works.

The temporary A12 Braiswick Road Bridge, which runs parallel to the old one, carries the B1508 over the carriageway.

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