About the scheme
Sturmer Station Bridge is a two-span brick arch structure which carries the single carriageway B1061 Water Lane over Stour Brook. Footways are not provided over the structure.
No restrictions are currently in place on the bridge however the road carries a speed limit of 30mph.
The Environment Agency classify the brook as a Main River, which has been subject to flooding at various locations in the past.
In 2018 a study was commissioned to carry out a bridge option study and flood investigation works which we anticipate will be complete during the 2019/20 financial year.
We are currently considering measures to improve the river flow at this location, reducing the potential risk of flooding at the bridge.
Part of this study involves an assessment of the structure and to consider options available to either strengthen or replace Sturmer Station Bridge to safeguard the bridge crossing for the future. Our initial findings suggest bridge replacement options should be considered due to traffic loading requirements.
We anticipate the bridge option and flood investigation study will be completed in the 2019/20 financial year, and lead to a number of engineering options being available for further consideration. Once an option has been agreed, and subject to the necessary funding being available, Essex Highways will move into a design phase which will be followed by a period of work planning before physical works can begin. The length of this process can vary from scheme to scheme and can be influenced by a number of other factors so we are currently unable to provide confirmation when works will start on the structure.
We will work closely with the Environment Agency and other stakeholders throughout this process to progress this work, and provide updates on this webpage.
In the meantime we consider the bridge safe for its current use and have no plans to impose restrictions at this time. The bridge will continue to be part of our routine inspection programme.