Drivers warned Plumstead Road has shut for milestone bridge work on Norwich Northern Distributor Road

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

Work on the Norwich Northern Distributor Road. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

Drivers have been reminded that a city road has shut because a bridge which will carry the Norwich Northern Distributor Road is having its main beams lifted into place.

Part of Plumstead Road closed in the early hours of this morning. That is so work on the bridge, which will carry the dual carriageway over Plumstead Road, can be done.

There are eight bridges on the 12.5- mile route, which will stretch from the A47 at Postwick to the A1067 at Fakenham Road, with six going over the dual carriageway, and two carrying the NDR where it crosses Plumstead Road and the Norwich to Sheringham railway.

Altogether 26 concrete beams will be lifted into place after being brought by road from Ireland.

The Plumstead Road closure, which had been postponed for a day because of last week's snow and wind, will be in place for three days.

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There is also the possibility that work will 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.

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Drivers will still be able to get to Thorpe End, but a diversion will be via Woodside Road and Salhouse Road.

However, Anglian Water has also shut Plumstead Road East near Aerodrome Road, so council officers say that, if heading to the Plumsteads, it would make sense to use Salhouse Road from the ring road, otherwise the diversion goes in a large zig-zag, via St Williams Way and Thunder Lane for the Anglian Water closure, and then via Woodside and Salhouse roads for the NDR-related closure.

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