The current position
Finchingfield Bridge carries the B1053 over the village pond. It is an old bridge, approximately 200 years old in a deteriorating condition that needs to be dismantled and rebuilt.
Following some initial proposals shared by Essex Highways in 2016, new design options have been explored in discussion with Finchingfield Parish Council, Braintree District Councillors and County Members.
Together, we aim to deliver a scheme that safeguards the bridge crossing for the future as well as protecting iconic views of the village. Key stakeholder groups will be invited to engage with us to help build plans to ensure that, if works go ahead, disruption is minimised.
Any scheme proposal will be subject to developing a detailed works programme, and to meeting the usual planning consents and other legal obligations.
The Parish Council and District and County Councillors agreed that Essex Highways should start the necessary site investigations in order for a replacement bridge to be built. These site surveys were carried out in February 2019 to inform future detailed design work to progress a future scheme.
Our future intention is to dismantle the existing structure and replace the bridge with one built in the same location with a very similar look to the existing bridge.
It is proposed the current width between the bridge walls will be maintained between new kerbs and a narrow hardened verge to offer some protection to the bridge parapets. These proposals will lead to a bridge that will be up to 1.5 metres wider overall, but maintaining the same road width, so that the bridge continues to act as a traffic calming feature.
There are no plans to include a footway as part of the scheme.
On site investigations completed February 2019
Structures engineers successfully completed investigation works during a five day closure of Finchingfield Bridge during the February school holiday to provide additional important data to enable us to progress a new bridge design.
Trial hole investigations planned 28 October 2019 for five days
Trial hole investigations will be carried out Monday 28 October 2019 for five days to determine the precise location and depth of utility services in and around Finchingfield's village green. These works are required to support our investigations into the feasibility of installing a temporary bridge for future reconstruction work at Finchingfield Bridge.
Temporary traffic lights will be in place from Monday 28 October 2019 on the B1053/B1057 The Green to support traffic flows.
A small section of Bridge Street (the section that runs to the east of the pond, north to south) will be closed to all vehicular traffic from Monday 28 October 2019 for five days, with Clearway/No Parking cones and notices in place from Friday 25 October to indicate the area affected.
Pedestrian access via the footbridge will be unaffected by our works.
These arrangements are subject to weather conditions being suitable so may be subject to change at short notice.
Our intention is to keep the community informed of progress as the scheme progresses.
We will provide the latest information on this webpage and also share information with Parish and local councillors so they can pass it on too.
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