Major work to Carrow Road bridge in Norwich is extended
Disruption on Carrow Road bridge in Norwich is set to continue after the major maintenance work currently being carried out was extended for two weeks.
Work was scheduled to finish on Friday, December 9 - following 15 weeks of work - but will now continue until Friday, December 23.
This is due to the removal of multiple layers of paint taking longer than was expected.
The bridge is open to traffic but a temporary pedestrian crossing does have traffic lights which can cause traffic congestion for vehicles travelling between Queens Road and Riverside.
The current restrictions, including the closure of the upstream footway and Riverside Walk and cycleway, will remain in place until the work is completed. Height restrictions of around 3m for river traffic will also continue because of scaffolding.
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Work is being carried out on the lifting river bridge for Norfolk County Council by the Norfolk Strategic Partnership.
The bridge was initially closed to traffic for the first weekend of September to allow shot blasting and painting of the 'toe end' of the bridge deck, which had to be lifted for it to take place.
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After the completion of the painting work, scaffolding was erected and work began on the replacement of the upstream timber footway panels and repainting of the bridge.
The upstream footway across the bridge has been closed for the duration of the works but the downstream footway and steps to the mooring area have remained open.
The extension means that the restrictions will still be in place for Norwich City's home match against Newcastle United on Saturday, December 10.
However the bridge is closed to traffic after matches anyway so the extension should have little effect on City supporters, with the next home match not until Tuesday, December 27.
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