Catholic Bridge, B1389 Newland Street/Colchester Road, Witham

Advance Notice - 11 July 2018: Catholic Bridge - proposed road closure

Plans are in place to temporarily close Catholic Bridge to allow improvements to be carried out underneath the structure.  This will affect Newland Street/Colchester Road between the junction of Avenue Road and Crittall Road.

The road will be fully closed from 8pm on Friday 20 July until Monday 23 July 2018 at 6am when the road is expected to reopen. 

Advance warning signs will be in place and the diversion route (via Colchester Road, Freebournes Road, Pasture Road, and The Grove, Newland Street and vice versa) will be signposted. The width restriction at Pasture Road will be temporarily lifted during the closure period.

Pedestrian access will be maintained over the road during the closure however no access will be permitted to vehicles.

Works Location

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Existing temporary supports

 

Temporary supports under structure 

 

Width restriction on Pasture Road

 

Proposed subway under structure

 

Catholic Bridge, Newland Street/Colchester Road, Witham

 

About the scheme:

Catholic Bridge carries the B1389 Newland Street/Colchester Road in Witham and is on the Blackwater Rail Trail, part of a disused Maldon to Witham railway line.

Catholic Bridge was originally constructed in 1848 and consists of eight longitudinal cast iron beams with brick jack arches spanning between the beams.  

Strengthening works have been undertaken at various times, with the installation of trestle supports. The first set of supports was installed during the Second World War and the second set was installed in the 1990s. These supports have been of steel construction and during an inspection in 2014 cracks were identified in three of the cast iron beams. Additional temporary supports were installed at that time and footpath passing under the bridge diverted through the centre.

Plans have now been made to remove the temporary supports and strengthen the bridge by constructing a new single span concrete structure below the existing bridge. Work will also be undertaken to strengthen the parapet walls.  

This scheme will provide a permanent structural solution and allow the continued access under the bridge via the Blackwater Rail Trail.

 

The works:

The works will be undertaken in a number of phases. Preparatory works start February 2018 followed by the removal of temporary supports and installation of a permanent concrete structure underneath the bridge. 

While we expect the majority of the strengthening works to have limited impact to the road network, works to remove the supports under the structure will require the temporary road closure of the Newland Street/Colchester Road at the bridge.  Closure information will be advertised in advance.  

In order to facilitate a safe diversion route (via Colchester Road, Freebournes Road, Pasture Road, The Grove and vice versa), the permanent physical width restriction on Pasture Road has been temporarily removed, replaced with temporary water filled barriers. These will be removed during advertised closure periods when the route forms part of the official diversion.

The permanent width restriction on Pasture Road will be reinstated later date in the programme. 

Please note that programmed dates may be subject to change, for example if the works are completed earlier than planned, or later if unforeseen issues arise or weather conditions are unsuitable.  The latest updates about the works, including planned road closures will be reflected on this webpage and the @essexhighways twitter feed and on site signage.

Works to reinforce the structure of Catholic Bridge are anticipated to take approximately eight months to complete.

 

What is involved and how may it affect you: 

Temporary parking restrictions will be necessary on Eastways to support the works. The parking restriction will be from the junction with Black Croft Road towards the south to the end of the road. This section of the road will be closed off during works.

The footpath under the bridge will be closed and pedestrian access will be diverted up and over the bridge while strengthening works take place under the structure.

The temporary road closure of Newland Street/Colchester Road at Catholic Bridge will be necessary during part of the works planned.   Appropriate notifications and diversions will be in place. 

Pedestrian access will be maintained over the road during road closures.

 

Further information: 

The latest updates about these works will be reflected on site signage and updated to this webpage.  

For details about other roadworks in the area please visit: www.roadworks.org