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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Diversions will be put in place during the night as three bridges undergo maintenance on the A47 next month.
The eight-week scheme will take place on the River Great Ouse, River Nar and Harbour Junction bridges between the Pullover and the Hardwick roundabouts, in King’s Lynn.
The A47 will be closed in both directions between the two roundabouts during 8pm and 6am from June 14-20, where motorists will be diverted from Lynn onto the A10 to Downham Market and then the A1101 to Wisbech.
Eastbound local traffic will be diverted in the opposite direction and wide loads will also be required to use the temporary diversion.
For safety reasons a contraflow over 2 miles with 30mph speed restriction, enforced by speed cameras, will be in place throughout the work.
Highways Agency project manager Ranjit Mistry said:
“This work will prolong the life of the bridges, maintaining safe and reliable journeys on this important route. Expansion joints do need replacing from time to time, and the current waterproofing is coming to the end of its life.
“During the work we advise people to allow extra time for their journeys and be patient as they drive through the roadworks.”
The agency say that the maintenance of the three bridges is vital for keeping journeys safe and reliable for road users.
The work will involve replacing the waterproofing on the bridges and replacing the bridge joints which are important components that allow structures to expand and contract with changes in temperature.
The bridge decks will also be resurfaced.