One of the southbound lanes on the Humber Bridge will close this week as part of on-going essential maintenance work to strengthen the landmark crossing.
The £3.9m project to replace four solid steel “A-frames”, which connect the main span bridge deck to the towers at either end of the bridge, will require the closure of the nearside lane, from Monday 2nd December. The changes to traffic flow are necessary to reduce the load on the structure whilst the work is carried out and to enable safe access to the working areas.
Although the repairs started last month, Bridgemaster Peter Hill wanted to delay the lane closures, following the congestion that arose when installing traffic management for the toll project in July. With this in mind, contractors have strived to complete as much work as possible from underneath the bridge, in order to minimise disruption for motorists.
Peter said: “We have managed to delay some of the roadworks with the southbound work beginning in early December and the northbound work in January. This will be in place for around 40 weeks.
“I imagine this news will be welcomed, as it should give motorists a bit of breathing space.
“We appreciate that customers will be concerned that this work could cause disruption in and around the toll area, but we want to reassure bridge users that we have carefully assessed any potential impact and have planned an effective traffic management system during this period of work. We will continue to monitor this throughout the repairs.”
Although traffic will be restricted to a single carriageway in each direction across the bridge during the “A-Frame” works, there will still be three toll booths open in each direction, as at present. This will only be reduced to two booths, or possibly one, at the quietest times during nights or weekends, and only when the toll plaza works make this essential for safety. There will also be a reduced speed limit.
Peter also wants to highlight that, although this maintenance work is completely unrelated to the Humber Bridge Toll Project - which is currently underway and will see a smoother, quicker traffic flow across the bridge - it is both economically and operationally sensible to undertake the works in parallel, to avoid having to duplicate the lane restrictions for each project separately, which would significantly extend the duration of disruption for bridge users.
For updates on the work and traffic flow, visit www.humberbridge.co.uk.
Alternatively, look out for news about the lane closures on the Humber Bridge Facebook page, as well as the new Humber Bridge Updates app, which can be downloaded from iTunes and Google Play, or from the Play or App Store on your device.