A1060/A1114 Army and Navy Flyover, Chelmsford

Advance Notice - 17 October 2018: Army & Navy Flyover to reopen Monday 22 October

The Army and Navy flyover in Chelmsford will reopen in time for Monday morning's rush hour following the completion of repair work.

Final preparations are now being made to reopen the flyover to cars at 6.00am on Monday 22 October 2018.

Temporary supports used to prop the structure during repairs are being removed and remaining remedial works will finish this week.

A full Principal Inspection has also been completed on the structure, three years ahead of national guidelines.

Early findings from the inspection engineers have confirmed the structure is safe for use. Beyond the column movement, which has been addressed, no other urgent safety issues were identified by the independent inspectors.

In September Essex Highways closed the flyover following identification and confirmation of minor movement of two columns. Investigations have concluded the likely cause to be the high temperatures experienced during July and August, causing expansion in the structure as a whole. No evidence was found of a vehicle strike damaging the columns.

The flyover is an ageing structure and has exhibited age-related deterioration which means the structure will be subject to an enhanced monitoring regime.  Periods of planned maintenance will continue and the flyover would need to shut again during any remedial work to ensure public safety.

Councillor Kevin Bentley, Essex County Council's Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, said: “I would like to thank the travelling public and local residents for their patience whilst the flyover has been closed.

“We know the closure has caused some congestion in recent weeks. But with repair work complete and an independent inspection complete, we can reopen.

“Work will now move forward on the future options for the whole junction, through the task force which was announced last month.  This will consider all the options available for a long-term solution to the Army and Navy."

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About the scheme

The Army and Navy Flyover in Chelmsford carries one way traffic (cars only) from the A1060/A1114 over the Army and Navy roundabout.  The direction of travel changes at different times of the day in a bid to support traffic flows, however the flyover is routinely closed overnight in both directions, seven days a week.

A recent inspection has raised concerns that require further investigation.  As a result, the flyover was closed on 11 September 2018.

The works

Preparations are now being made to carry out repairs.

The work site has been fenced off on the central roundabout for safety reasons prior to temporary props being installed.

There are currently no plans to restrict use of the subway.

Temporary lane restrictions may be required on the roundabout and lane approaches during the works.  Details will be reflected on site signage and this webpage.

Please take additional care travelling through the area, observing any temporary traffic management and signage in place.

In the meantime we apologise for any ongoing inconvenience.

 

Further information

We will continue to post updates on this web page as details become available.