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Roadworks still ongoing but you report that they are closed

Reported in the Roadworks category anonymously at 10:11, Thursday 30 July 2020

Sent to Highways England less than a minute later

You have still closed 3 out of 4 lanes of this bridge for no discernible reason. There is no visible work going on - and I don't understand why after six months no progress has been made. This is a very important route in the local area, and it was allowed to degrade to a dangerous degree. It needs fixing and reopening.

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  • Thank you for contacting Highways England about the A52 Clifton Bridge works. I have contacted the Public Liaison Officer for the works to provide an update on the situation and we will provide this update no later than 6 August 2020.

    Kind regards

    Highways England

    Posted anonymously at 11:18, Thursday 30 July 2020

  • Thank you for your patience while we contacted the Public Liaison Officer for the A52 Clifton Bridge works. Neil has provided the below update.

    Safety the top priority for Highways England and this is vital repair work to ensure it can be used for years to come. We have taken steps to limit traffic using it to avoid causing any further damage to the concrete as this could mean more disruptive repairs in the future.

    In recent months, we’ve been working with industry-leading engineers on the details of the repair programme. This work has included comprehensive structural investigations including calculations and detailed design work to ensure we provide the correct engineering solution. Much of this work involves engineers working and sharing information remotely.

    We are also complying with Public Health England guidance on social distancing measures and will continue to follow government advice. All our sites have strict safeguarding measures to prevent the spread of COVID19 and none of our sites are open to the public.

    The main repair work is taking place within the structure to replace damaged steel and this means that specialists must work in confined spaces, meticulously working through the many chambers that are located within the hollow beams high above the ground to carry out investigation and painstaking repair work. It is elevated which means it poses logistical challenges in repairs, not least our teams are working individually in confined spaces more akin to conditions experienced in mines.

    We fully understand the impact of the disruption to road users’ journeys and that is why we’re looking at a phased approach to repairs which should allow us to open further lanes as soon as possible.

    Neil Hallam MSc MEPS MCIOJ Public Liaison Officer (A52 Clifton Bridge)

    M: 07725 489 811

    Thank you for contacting us and we trust our response answers your enquiry. If you’d like to talk to us about anything else, we’re available 24 hours a day at:

    • 0300 123 5000 •

    Please quote reference 11710042 if you require any further information.

    Kind regards

    Highways England

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted anonymously at 11:16, Thursday 6 August 2020

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