Armitage Bridge – scheme update

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We regret to inform that work at Armitage bridge is unexpectedly several weeks behind programme. After the long dry summer, we have lost time due to a waterlogged working area at the beginning of September and again at the beginning of November, where the working area became completely inundated for several days. Other activities, excavation among them have taken longer than initially planned. In response we have modified the working areas in order to limit further excavation, this has helped prevent further creep on the programme.

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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 weak condition of the bridge, we propose to remove it and replace with a new structure.   While the parapet beams and wingwalls will be cast in situ, precast reinforced concrete boxes will be used as part of the main construction, helping to limit the overall build time.

Works are due to begin during  July 2022, with completion expected by the end of December 2022. 

What is involved and how it may affect you

Work will be carried out in phases, with traffic management reflecting the different activities being undertaken.

Initially investigation works will be carried out from 11 July 2022 for approximately one week with the support of off-peak temporary traffic lights.  

This will be followed by site compound set up for the work required to replace the existing weak bridge.  This will be done under off-peak temporary traffic lights from 25 July 2022, followed by a full road closure from 8 August 2022, when the work to replace the bridge starts.  

During the road closure, appropriate formal diversions will be in place suitable for all vehicle types and no access will be possible using Armitage Bridge.  Drivers are encouraged to allow additional time for travelling in the area, observing all signage in place.

A formal diversion and crossing will be installed to support pedestrians and dismounted cyclists passing through the area. 

Bus operators have been informed of the restrictions that will be in place so that alternative measures can be put in to place to accommodate people wishing to use the services using these routes.

Further information

Residents and businesses will be kept informed of key updates, with the latest progress on the project being reflected on this webpage and shared with the parish council.

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