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Hoe Mill Bridge, Woodham Walter

Latest News - 23 October 2019: Hoe Mill Bridge - update

River dredging has been completed and other erosion protection activities continue on site.  The works have, however, been recently impacted by bad weather conditions which have caused the water levels to rise, restricting working room under the bridge, hindering progress.

Unexpected structural defects have been identified during these works.  This has highlighted repairs needed to the supporting columns and east abutment which have impacted the programme.

Investigations into these defects have begun and trial hole surveys are due to take place shortly.  Preparations are also being arranged for divers to attend site in the coming weeks to assess the extent of the works required.  A plan can then be put into place to carry out repairs once permission has been granted by the Environment Agency.

This structure currently has a 3 tonne weight restriction in place.  In order to minimise further deterioration to the bridge, consideration is currently being given to implement a temporary physical width restriction at the bridge for a period of 18 months, while we await for final bridge designs be agreed and implemented to improve the overall structure.  This temporary restriction will enforce the current weight limit and prevent vehicles from parking on the bridge until these longer term improvement are made.

With this in mind, the current road closure has been provisionally extended to May 2020 while we await permissions to implement the temporary width restriction and carry out unexpected structural repairs needed to allow the road to reopen.

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Works Location


About the scheme

Erosion protection measures are planned at Hoe Mill Bridge which carries The Causeway over the River Chelmer in Woodham Walter, south of Ulting.  

A full time road closure will be necessary to protect the public and the workforce as heavy machinery and equipment will be in use and manoeuvred on the highway.

Works are due to start at the end of the school summer holiday to minimise the impact on visitors vesting Hoe Mill Lock.

The works

Work is due to start on Tuesday 27 August and will continue until mid-November 2019.

A full road closure will be needed 24 hours a day, seven days a week during which time no vehicles will be permitted to cross Hoe Mill Bridge for safety reasons.

Appropriate traffic management and diversions will be in place during the works.

Activities will include some initial tree removal to provide site access, re-profiling the riverbed, underwater concrete works and concrete repairs to the structure.  Minor embankment works are also planned.

What is involved and how it may affect you

The Causeway will be fully closed at Hoe Mill Bridge 24 hours a day for the duration of the works. 

Hoe Mill Lock will remain accessible to vehicles via The Causeway, Crouchmans Farm Road, Ulting Road, B1019 Maldon Road, Hatfield Road, Langford Road, B1018 Heybridge Approach,  A414 Maldon Bypass, Spital Road, A414 Maldon Road, Oak Corner, A414 Chelmsford Road, Herbage Park Road, Church Hill, The Street, Rectory Road, Hoe Mill Road and vice versa.

Properties will be accessible from either side of the bridge via the diversion until the road closure is lifted.

Pedestrian access will be maintained during the works.

Further information

Please note that the programme may be subject to change if affected by poor weather or if unexpected issues arise.

We aim to keep residents and businesses updated via this webpage and site signage.  Information will also be shared with local parish councils.

For details about other roadworks in the area please visit: or the @essexhighways twitter feed.