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Snow and wind sees work on Norwich Northern Distributor Road milestone bridge delayed by a day

PUBLISHED: 14:31 16 January 2017 | UPDATED: 15:04 20 January 2017

Work on the Norwich Northern Distributor Road. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Work on the Norwich Northern Distributor Road. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Work on a significant milestone in construction of the Norwich Northern Distributor Road -- which will mean a three day road closure - has been delayed by a day because of bad weather.

The beams of a bridge which will carry the 12.5 mile route over Plumstead Road had been due to be hoisted into place tomorrow. It would be the first of the bridges on the route to take shape.

However, last week’s snow and wind prevented preparation, such as putting scaffolding up, from being done, so the work will now start on Wednesday.

That means Plumstead Road will remain open tomorrow, but will close in the early hours (between 4am and 5am) of Wednesday.

It will stay closed on Thursday and the following night. It is due to reopen on Friday, if work is complete.

The exact timing of reopening will depend upon progress, but the council says it will be as soon as it is safe to do so.

The council also said there was a possibility work might have to continue into Saturday.

During the closure of Plumstead Road, at peak hours a shuttle bus will operate from the Green, Thorpe End, to the temporary stop near the junction with Green Lane North.

Norfolk County Council and contractor Balfour Beatty apologised for the inconvenience.

The bridge is one of eight on the £178.5m Norwich Northern Distributor Road, with six over the dual carriageway and two carrying the road over Plumstead Road and the Norwich to Sheringham railway line.

The NDR will stretch from the A47 at Postwick to the A1067 Fakenham Road. Contractors Balfour Beatty remain hopeful that traffic could start using the road in December, but had warned that a cold snap could put paid to that ambition.

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