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Essex Highways keeping motorists safe by using drone technology to inspect more than 1.500 bridges and culverts in county.
Bridge inspections by drone saves money, avoids road closures and improves repair programmes.
Camera drones are already being used in industry but, in a major innovation, drones and related tech are now helping Essex Highway engineers to carefully inspect critical structures like bridges and culverts in better, safer, and recordable ways.
Councillor Lee Scott, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways Maintenance and Sustainable Transport, attended a demonstration of the drones in action at the bridge crossing the River Wid, located on A414 Greenbury Way, Chelmsford.
Highway structures are managed as a special type of Highways “asset” because they usually require advanced engineering.
Highway structures include bridges, flyovers, viaducts, culverts (small tunnels taking water under a road), subways, gantries, footbridges and retaining walls.
There are some 2,500 highway structures in Essex and approximately 1,600 of these are owned and maintained by Essex County Council (ECC). (Some of the others are railway bridges or on private land). All our owned structures are inspected every two years so that we can check their current condition and arrange any urgent safety repairs or programme other maintenance works.
It is the Structures Team at Essex Highways who look after these bridges and other structures across the county to help keep Essex moving safely.
Essex structures range in size from major flyovers to single-span wooden footbridges which carry Public Rights of Way.
The Structures Team includes designers, technicians, principal engineers and senior managers who together deliver the Essex Structures programme for each year.
To report a problem with a highway bridge or structure, please tell us online, you can check who is responsible for maintaining a bridge or structure using the map below.
Structure Innovations - PDF(363.5KB)
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