Orwell Bridge set for health check

A SIX-YEARLY inspection of the Orwell Bridge is due to be carried out early next month.Following recent preparation work, the main inspection will commence on June 4 and is expected to take eight weeks to complete.

A SIX-YEARLY inspection of the Orwell Bridge is due to be carried out early next month.

Following recent preparation work, the main inspection will commence on June 4 and is expected to take eight weeks to complete. The inspection will use abseiling experts, as well as specialist equipment, to check the safety of the structure.

It is the fourth such inspection to take place since the bridge was constructed in 1982.

Highways Agency project manager Brian Pitkin said: "I would like to remind drivers to drive carefully and to allow extra time for journeys."

Single-lane closures and 40mph speed limits will be in place for periods during the inspection. Further details will be released closer to the date the work is to be started.

The restrictions are to ensure the safety of the work team who are carrying out the inspection.

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