Weakened bridge near Harlow to be strengthened

Communities / Tue 21st Jul 2015 at 11:52am

River Lee

Essex Highways structural engineers will rebuild Fish and Eels Bridge, which carries Dobbs Weir Road between Harlow and Hoddesdon, as it can no longer support heavy vehicles.

Work is scheduled to start on Sunday, July 27, and is expected to be complete by the end of January 2016.

A new permanent footbridge will be built on the south side of the bridge and a footpath will be provided on the north side.

Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, Cllr Rodney L Bass, said: “Structural surveys have clearly shown the ironwork supporting Fish and Eels Bridge has corroded to the extent that it has become dangerous for vehicles to cross it, especially commercial vans and trucks.

“Clearly we need to maintain the safety of everyone who needs to use it.”

The reconstruction project will require Dobbs Weir Road to be closed to vehicles for the duration, although access for local residents and businesses will be maintained throughout.

A signed diversion will direct drivers onto sections of Essex Road, Charlton Way, High Road, Station Road, Nazeing New Road, North Street and Sedge Green, while a temporary footpath will be provided for pedestrians and cyclists.

Boats will be allowed to use the River Lee and canal during the construction programme, however an occasional closure of the canal may be required for safety reasons.

Cllr Bass, added: “Inevitably, projects of this kind will lead to disruption and longer journey times, but it is very necessary work and will serve to maintain our highways to the highest possible standard.”

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