Removal of the flyover
The Army and Navy flyover was the subject of a number of closures during summer 2018 after movement of a supporting column following record high temperatures. Having been safely reopened, it was closed again in July 2019 after similar defects were identified.
On 16 September 2019, it was confirmed that the flyover would be closed permanently on safety grounds following the recommendation of a detailed engineering report, which revealed new defects within the concrete foundations.
Essex County Council is now in the process of removing the structure, with preliminary works, including the removal of automated flyover signs on the approaches to the junction, completed in November 2019.
The dismantling and removal of the main structure started in February 2020. More information about the works to remove the flyover can be found on the Army and Navy flyover page.
Measures have already been put in place to help keep traffic moving in the interim following the flyover closure while a long-term solution for the junction is developed.
People are also encouraged to play their part by avoiding driving at peak periods or switching to other modes of transport such as bikes, buses or walking, where possible.
More information about travel options in Essex, including car sharing, Park and Ride services, walking and cycling routes, and bus services, is available on the Getting Around page.