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A1060/A1114 Army and Navy Flyover, Chelmsford

Latest News - 09 January 2020: Contractor appointed for removal of the Army & Navy flyover

A specialist contractor has now been appointed to remove the Army and Navy flyover, with works scheduled to start next month.

Essex County Council announced in September that the flyover in Chelmsford would be permanently closed on safety grounds after a detailed engineering report revealed new defects within its concrete foundations. 

The council has since been pressing ahead with plans to have the structure removed as soon as possible while work is also continuing to develop a long-term solution for the junction.

Clarke Demolition Company Limited has now been appointed to carry out the flyover removal, with the works expected to begin in early February.

The steel structure will be safely dismantled section by section, removed from the site and, where possible, recycled. It is anticipated that the majority of the works will take place at night to minimise disruption, although some Sunday closures will be required.
The project is expected to be completed in April 2020, with further details about the works schedule to be confirmed shortly.

Cllr Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader of Essex County Council and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, said: “I am delighted to be working with Clarke Demolition on this important project and look forward to works starting in February.

“The Army and Navy flyover has been a well-known feature of the Chelmsford skyline for 40 years and its removal will be a historic milestone for the city.

“Of course, we recognise that the works will cause some disruption and, together with the contractor, we will be doing everything possible to minimise any inconvenience caused.

“The Army and Navy is a crucial gateway to Chelmsford and we are also continuing to assess potential options for a long-term solution at the junction.

“Steps are already being taken to reduce the programme, however we must also ensure we get it right so that any improvements encourage more sustainable travel and avoid putting additional pressure on other roads in the city centre.”

David Clarke, Managing Director of Clarke Demolition Company Limited, added: “We are delighted to be involved with the removal of this local landmark. 

“Having also removed the old viaduct over the River Chelmer in 2016, it is a matter of great pride to have the opportunity once again to continue helping with the improvements being made in the region.

“We will work as safely and quickly as possible, out of normal working hours to minimise any disruption to the public.”

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The current position

Essex County Council made the decision in September 2019 to permanently close the Army and Navy Flyover after a detailed engineering report revealed new defects in its concrete foundations.

Arrangements are being made to begin the dismantling process and removal of the structure.  This will be carried out in a number of phases and planned in a way that keeps disruption and inconvenience to a minimum.

Important preliminary works were completed in November 2019, with the removal of the main structure expected to start early 2020.

The process to dismantle and remove the structure requires meticulous planning.  As information becomes available, further details will be shared on this webpage and with identified interested parties, local residents and businesses.  Advance warning notices will also be displayed on site.

Details may be subject to change as the programme develops.

Preliminary works carried out November 2019

Important preliminary works were carried out the week of 25 November 2019 and were completed ahead of schedule, in five nights.  We would like to thank residents, businesses and road users for their patience during the works.

Works were needed to carry out trial hole investigations, material testing and start the removal of electronic flyover signs, leaving the gantries in place.  Temporary signage is in place to reiterate that the flyover remains closed to all traffic.  

Future works

Preparations are being made to remove the main flyover structure, leaving the area in a suitable condition for any future works that are planned for the roundabout.  

Clarke Demolition Company Limited has now been appointed to carry out the flyover removal, with the works expected to begin in early February 2020.  

We currently anticipate that the works will be split into phases, with different road closures implemented at different times.  We expect the majority of the works will be carried out overnight with some daytime works completed on Sundays.  Traffic management details will be shared nearer the time, with sufficient notice to enable drivers to plan their journeys.  

The project is expected to be completed in April 2020, with further details about the works schedule to be confirmed shortly.

We anticipate that either the subways or pedestrian crossing points will remain accessible throughout these works.

Further information

To read further details about our proposals for dismantling the Army and Navy Flyover, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions in the Document section of the page.

Our intention is to share updates on this webpage as details become available. Advance warning notices will be on site and information will also be shared social media posts via @essexhighways.  Residents and businesses in the immediate vicinity will be contacted separately.

Details may be subject to change as the project develops, or if scheduled works are affected by poor weather or unexpected operational issues.

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If you wish to find out more about the work being carried out by the Army and Navy Taskforce to identify the best long-term, sustainable solution for the junction visit: Army and Navy Taskforce.