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Army and Navy flyover shut over safety fears

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Drivers have faced long tailbacks in Chelmsford after the Army and Navy flyover was closed indefinately amid safety fears.

The busy road was shut last night (September 11) after engineers discovered one of the supporting columns had 'shifted'.

It meant commuters trying to get into the City during the morning rush hour were stuck in miles of queues. The bad news is it could take months to repair.

The flyover closure led to lengthy delays this morning Credit: ITV News Anglia

There can be no compromise with safety, so we have taken the decision to close the flyover.

– Kevin Bentley, Essex County Council
The Army and Navy flyover in Chelmsford has closed. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Essex County Council’s Deputy Leader, Kevin Bentley, said: “This damage is something which has happened very recently.

"We don’t know how it happened, and our task now is getting to the bottom of the issue so we can ensure the structure is safe.

“There can be no compromise with safety, so we have taken the decision to close the flyover while we complete this work.

"An independent survey of the flyover will be carried out as swiftly as possible so we understand the complete picture.

“In the meantime, we are sorry for any inconvenience, but I am sure road users and residents would agree there can be no compromise over safety.”

Drivers are reminded that there are likely to be added delays around the Army and Navy roundabout, and to consider alternative routes if possible.