Haven Bridge in Great Yarmouth reopens this week ahead of schedule

View from the top of Havenbridge House looking south.October 2015.Picture: James Bass

View from the top of Havenbridge House looking south.October 2015.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

Work has finished ahead of schedule on the first phase of the current Haven Bridge works meaning the overnight road closures planned for this week will no longer be required.

The steelwork repairs and the part of the painting works which required the bridge leaves to be in the raised position have been completed one week early.

A series of essential works to maintain the steelwork, paint and deck surface on the Haven Bridge, which carries the A1243 over the River Yare at Great Yarmouth will continue next week.

Next stages:

From Monday, February 8 to Sunday, February 14 – the road will be open but the bridge will be closed to large boats.

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Ongoing work to paint the steelwork will require the bridge deck leaves to remain in the lowered position to enable access equipment to be installed within the bridge's ballast chambers.

The road will be open as usual for vehicles and pedestrians but the bridge will be closed to large boats.

From Sunday, February 22 for approximately four to five weeks – overnight road closures

The bridge will be closed to vehicles between 7pm and 6am while repairs to the deck surface are carried out. The work will involve replacing the timber blocks which form the running surface on the bridge on the west deck leaf, together with the supporting timbers.

During this time vehicular traffic will be diverted via B1141 North Quay, A149 Acle New Road, A12 (Breydon Bridge) and A1243 Pasteur Road.

The pedestrian walkway across the bridge will still be open (cyclists will still be able to cross, on foot.)

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