A14 Orwell Bridge - routine safety inspections closure - Mon 20 - Thu 23 May 8pm and 6am

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A14 Orwell Bridge - routine safety inspections closure - Mon 20 - Thu 23 May 8pm and 6am

Kesgrave Community Website
Published in News · Tuesday 14 May 2024

We will need to close the A14 Orwell Bridge, in Ipswich for routine safety inspections to ensure the structure remains safe and serviceable. Routine inspections are done every six years. 
We’ll complete this work over four nights from Monday 20 May to Thursday 23 May, working between 8pm and 6am, weather conditions permitting.  

Over these four days, routine maintenance of signs and signals, a weather station and CCTV will also be carried out at 26 different locations whilst the bridge is closed, reducing the need for future planned closures. Nearby streetlight work is also taking place.  

The bridge inspection work will involve specialist equipment, including a hydraulic platform which lifts engineers over the side of the bridge so they can work underneath the structure. A hydraulics engineer will be on site throughout the work to monitor the platform’s performance.

We appreciate the impact any bridge closure has on the local community. We only close the bridge when absolutely necessary for safety. We carry out planned work overnight when traffic levels are at their lowest to cause the least possible disruption.

Closure dates
  • Monday 20 May and Tuesday 21 May: A14 eastbound between junctions 55 and 58 will be closed overnight from 8pm until 6am.
  • Wednesday 22 May and Thursday 23 May: A14 westbound between junctions 58 and 55 will be closed overnight from 8pm until 6am.
Whilst the bridge is closed, the westbound closure will direct drivers to leave the A14 at junction 58, travel along the A12 until the A1214 roundabout, then west along the A1214 before reaching the A14 at junction 55. The A14 eastbound closure diversion route is the same in reverse.

A map of the diversion can be found below.

How to find out more

For the latest information on planned closures of the bridge, please visit our dedicated scheme website at www.nationalhighways.co.uk/Orwellbridge
If you would like any further information on the scheme, please feel free to contact us on 0300 123 5000, or by email at info@nationalhighways.co.uk.

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