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Armitage Bridge, B184 Walden Road, Thaxted

Works location and photos

Side view of section added to the bridge around 1942
Side view of original masonary arch

About the scheme

Armitage Bridge is located to the north of Thaxted and carries the B184 Walden Road over the River Chelmer.

The bridge is a single span structure made up of two sections. The original section is a masonry arch bridge with an unknown date of construction, while the second section is a composite steel beam and concrete infill deck, constructed as a widening of the existing arch structure. The widened part of the bridge dates back to circa 1942.

The bridge is in a weakened condition and needs to be replaced to preserve the crossing point for the future. The bridge is routinely monitored to ensure it remains safe for public use until such time that the structure is replaced.

The works

Due to the condition of the bridge, we propose to remove and replace the bridge with a structure made up of precast reinforced concrete boxes which reduces the construction time compared to other methods.  However, the parapet beams and wing walls will be cast in situ.

We anticipate being in a position to begin the works in 2022 and are currently sharing our plans with local parish councils and key stakeholders. 

What is involved and how it may affect you

We are in the early stages of our preparations so further details about the arrangements will be made available in due course.

The programme to replace the bridge is estimated to take approximately 16 weeks to complete, which will involve a full road closure for approximately 11 weeks. Appropriate formal diversions will be in place suitable for all vehicle types, as no vehicles will be permitted to pass through during the closure period.

It is our intention to install a temporary crossing facility for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists during our works.

Further information

Dates and durations may be subject to change if affected by poor weather conditions or if unexpected issues arise.

Further information will be made available as the scheme progresses.