Major M11 milestone reached following successful bridge installation near Harlow

News / Thu 10th Jun 2021 at 08:50am

The M11 in Essex now boasts a new bridge after crews worked night shifts for the past week to install a 500 tonne construction over the motorway as part of the ongoing Junction 7A scheme.

WORK to create a vital new junction on the M11 has reached a major milestone this week, with the successful installation of a new bridge over the motorway. 

A section of the motorway has been closed overnight over the last week while a 600-tonne crawler crane lifted the five 45m braced beams, each weighing up to 100 tonnes, into place as part of the ongoing M11 Junction 7A scheme.

Welcoming the milestone, Councillor Kevin Bentley, Leader of Essex County Council, said: “The M11 Junction 7A scheme is the largest infrastructure project in the county for a number of years. Once complete it will have a transformational impact on Harlow’s road network, helping create a new east-west link through the town, reducing congestion, creating new public transport links and, in the future,supporting the new Princess Alexandra Hospital.

“The complexity of the bridge works should not be underestimated and the strong collaboration between Essex County Council, Highways England and GRAHAM, as our contractor, has meant that we have 

been able to undertake this part of the works quickly and efficiently, with minimal impact on road users.”

Councillor Lesley Wagland, OBE, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Renewal, Infrastructure and Planning, added: “I am very pleased that we have reached and completed this important milestone on schedule.

“There is now work underway on every part of the scheme, with re-surfacing on the newly-widened Gilden Way, works on the new junction itself and ongoing earthworks for the new Link Road, which will ultimately join the two. Over the coming weeks and months we will really start to see the whole picture coming together.”

The M11 Junction 7A scheme is due to be completed and operational by 2022. 

More information about the project can be found at www.essexhighways.org/junction7a, where you can also sign up to receive regular updates from the scheme contractor.

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3 Comments for Major M11 milestone reached following successful bridge installation near Harlow:

2021-06-10 16:27:01

Does this mean the link will come off and onto the M11?

2021-06-10 20:49:35

Yes it's you are going to be able to join or exit at junction 7 and newly 7a in 2022

David Evans
2021-06-11 17:42:25

All this to ease traffic coming in and going out of Harlow yeah right, what about the 10 thousand odd houses to be built whilst there at it.. wool over eyes.

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