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Newmarket Road to be closed for 8 weeks...

A road closure required to undertake essential repairs to enable Westley Rail Bridge to carry two lanes of traffic again is scheduled to begin next month.

The road closure, which will allow for structural repair work on the bridge, on Newmarket Road, is planned to start on Monday 13 February 2017 and will take up to eight weeks.

The work will strengthen the bridge, through the installation of reinforcing materials.

Upon the removal of the road surface, around 8,000 connectors will be installed in the existing deck and a new reinforced deck slab will be constructed over the top.

Once the strengthening work has been completed, waterproofing, joints, kerbing, surfacing and safety barriers will be reinstalled.

Workers on the site will also undertake masonry and concrete repairs to the structure to leave the bridge in a condition that will require minimal maintenance works for a considerable period.

Newmarket Road will be closed from junction 42 of the A14 to Oliver Road for the duration of the works, with traffic diverted via the A14 for junction 43, along Compiegne Way and the A1302. There will be no access for pedestrians or cyclists, as well as the emergency services.

Once the work is completed, there will then be finishing works, which includes the maintenance of fencing and verges around the bridge, taking place for up to three weeks between 9.30am and 3.30pm Monday-Friday. During this time traffic will be controlled by temporary traffic lights.

For more information, including questions and answers on the work taking place please visit www.suffolk.gov.uk/westleybridge or call 0345 606 6171.

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