The current position
Boxted Bridge (ECC No. 0059) was built in 1903 and is located on Wick Road/Lower Farm Road near the junction of Sky Hall Hill in Boxted on the Essex/Suffolk border where it crosses the River Stour. The bridge currently carries two way traffic.
In 2018 a Principal Inspection identified that the bridge was displaying signs of distress including corrosion, delamination, deformation and cracking.
An Option Study was completed in 2018 which investigated the long-term options for managing the crossing point as well as identifying possible improvements to resolve the existing road alignment and visibility constraints at the junction.
Our studies indicate that vehicles, such as a refuse vehicles and fire engines cannot safely manoeuvre at the junction, and has contributed to a number of vehicle strikes at the bridge and to nearby private property.
The current preferred Option (Option 7B) is to replace the existing structure on a slightly widened footprint to allow for the safe movement of fire engine vehicles at the junction.
We anticipate a design would be visually similar to the current bridge and sympathetic to the area, recognising that this is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Ground investigations works were completed during November 2020 to provide essential information needed to support our plans to create a future bridge design.
Investigation works – November 2020
Ground investigations and trial holes works were completed during November 2020. These works were successfully carried out in two weeks with the support of archaeological supervision and advice of external specialists including geotechnical consultants and building surveyors prior to commencing works.
The results of the ground surveys will inform our future design and foundations options for a replacement bridge. They will help us finalise the structural considerations for the proposed option and help us understand possible improvements to resolve the existing road alignment and visibility constraints at the junction.
We are in the early design stage of this project however as information becomes available this will be shared on our website, with local Parish Council and key interested parties as appropriate. We will also keep residents and business informed of future bridge designs, which will also be subject to the planning permission.
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