It looks like being a miserable autumn and new year for drivers and businesses who use Rawreth Lane, Watery Lane and Beeches Road !
Why? , Well, County Councillor Michael Hoy received the following information today from the County Council, he’s kindly passed it on to us.
… Reconstruction of Hanover Bridge is expected to start on 6th January 2014.
Hanover Bridge carries a minor unclassified road, Watery Lane, over a stream in the village of Hullbridge (south of South Woodham Ferrers). The bridge was reassessed in 2010 and concluded that the structure is weak (capable of carrying 3 Tonnes only). As part of the Essex Highways maintenance programme, ECC has planned to carry out the reconstruction of the Hanover Bridge in January 2014. In order to facilitate the construction work and ensure the safety of the work force and the public, a full road closure will be applicable to all vehicular traffic. Pedestrian and cyclist access across the stream will be maintained via a designated footway at all time.
The Hanover Bridge reconstruction work is programmed to commence on Monday 6th January 2014 and is expected to last approximately 10 weeks. The diversion route for the road closure is shown in the attached drawing.
As you may already known, the reconstruction of the Beeches Bridge is expected to start on 14th October 2013 and last for 12 weeks. We anticipated to complete the Beeches Bridge work before Christmas and open the road for the Christmas and the New year period and then start the Hanover Bridge construction work. In any case, the road closure for Hanover Bridge will not be implemented until the road closure for the Beeches Bridge has been removed.
Michael is extremely unhappy about this and and we share his concerns . He writes on his blog tonight:
I have been talking with Essex Highways on this, pointing out the problems we all faced last year and earlier this year, when Watery Lane was closed for a number of days due to flooding, with the large tailbacks and delays we faced getting out of Hullbridge as well as the problems caused to local businesses…
….. Essex Highways have assured me that they will monitor traffic and will put in mitigating measures should the traffic becomes to heavy, but I have seen no plans for how this would be done and to what effect beyond a few statements about altering the traffic light phases. Effectively Essex Highways are ignoring me and ploughing on with the scheme having failed to asses the impact of closure.
…….To make things worse I have today received an email confirming that, after this 12 week closure, the road will be closed again for a further 10 weeks from the 6 January 2014 to repair another bridge. I find this totally unacceptable, Watery Lane will be closed for pretty much half a year causing chaos to this part of Essex and Essex Highways have failed to consider the implications to local residents or to consult with us.
Obviously I am not at all happy with this and I have requested a meeting with the Cabinet member for Highways and the Director of Essex Highways to sort this out as a matter of urgency. I will keep you advised.