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To support the width restriction at Hoe Mill Bridge two-way temporary traffic lights are required to help with traffic flow. The traffic management is checked regularly and we have recently been to site to assess the traffic lights following reports of the lights not working correctly.

We can confirm the traffic lights are working correctly however, if a vehicle runs a red light the signals will go into safe mode and reset, which takes approximately 30 seconds. During safe mode both sets of lights will be red and any traffic should queue. If vehicles continue to run the red light during safe mode, the lights will reset again. 

We would like to ask road users to please be patient when queueing at the traffic lights and to drive cautiously in the area. The width restriction and traffic management will be in place until longer term improvements to the bridge can be made.

Wide vehicles are required to follow the diversion route in place.

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Hoe Mill Bridge, Woodham Walter

Works location and photos

Location of the work
Side view of Hoe Mill Bridge

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

Works began on 27 August 2019 to carry out essential erosion protection works. The programme has been impacted by bad weather and unexpected structural defects have been identified during these works, which has highlighted the need for repairs to the supporting columns and east abutment.

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

The 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. This temporary restriction will enforce the current weight limit and prevent vehicles from parking on the bridge until long term improvements are made.

The road closure has been provisionally extended to May 2020.

Erosion protection activities will include some initial tree removal to provide site access, re-profiling the riverbed, and minor 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: One.Network or the @essexhighways twitter feed.