About the scheme
Victoria Road Bridge carries Victoria Road (A1099) over the River Chelmer in Chelmsford, Essex.
The bridge comprises of two structures, the first being the original concrete Hennebique bridge built in 1924, and a second concrete bridge was added in 1957 when the river channel was widened.
Victoria Road Bridge is under close inspection as some critical elements of the structure have been found to be in a weakened condition with some continuing deterioration.
An 18 tonne structural weight limit has been introduced by Essex Highways to safeguard the public and to protect the structure from further weakening. A separate programme of works is being designed to protect the structure longer-term.
Advance signs have been installed on approach roads and on the bridge itself to inform drivers of the 18 tonne structural weight limit restriction. The alternative routes are via Springfield Rd (A1099), High Bridge Rd, Parkway (A1060) and Victoria Rd (A1099).
It is recognised that this is a traffic sensitive site, however these measures are necessary to safeguard the public and future use of the bridge.
Design works are underway to undertake concrete repairs underneath the bridge to protect the structure in the longer-term.
Arrangements will also be made to install guardrails to sections of the bridge to deter vehicles from encroaching on the footway, for added protection.
What is involved and how it may affect you
Recognising this is a traffic sensitive site, arrangements will be made to undertake on-carriageway works (guardrail protection) off-peak, however no traffic management is required on the carriageway while the concrete repairs are undertaken.
Updates will be made to this web page as details regarding the works becomes available.