Update: 7 April 2016
Following the Public Exhibition held on 17 February 2016, Essex Highways personnel attended the Finchingfield Parish Council’s Annual Parish Assembly on 5 April 2016, gave a verbal update on the latest stage of planning for the new bridge and took questions. The latest design option drawings were also shared – these are available for viewing and download, below.
The results of the public survey that was conducted online during February and March 2016 were also reported; the summary is also available below.
The bridge in the centre of Finchingfield village is made up of two parts; one being a brick arch some 200 years or more old and the second part a reinforced concrete arch constructed around 1912 or later.
The existing old brick arch is unable to accommodate modern vehicle loading requirements. The brickwork is slowly failing, and recent investigations have confirmed that the bridge foundations are inadequate.
A number of solutions have been thoroughly considered. As a result, a recommended solution has been developed, which proposes that the old bridge would be retained for future pedestrian use and a temporary diversion, for HGVs only, would be used whilst construction work was underway. A new vehicle bridge would be constructed alongside, as a near identical copy of the old bridge. As before, the new bridge would remain single carriageway with two way working. The proposed redevelopment work will also reduce the risk of future strikes to the bridge and the adjacent property, provide sound foundations and provide a crossing fit for the future.
Attached below are some documents from the Public Exhibition held on the 17th February and you can see the artists impression video of the recommended solution here: https://youtu.be/kDgZog0B33U
Artists impresssion of recommended solution: