A new £32m road bridge has been officially opened in Chelmsford to replace a viaduct built in the 1930s.
Highways England says it will increase road capacity, help deliver better journeys for drivers and help boost the local economy.
The new three-lane A138 Chelmer Viaduct is 900 metres long and replaces the old two-lane 1930s bridge which is now due to be demolished.
The viaduct was opened by Roads Minister Andrew Jones and will be fully open to traffic from Monday 18 April.
“I am delighted that we have delivered this much-needed new bridge with an extra lane which will help cut journey times for hard-working people in Chelmsford and deliver economic growth.
“Our £15 billion investment in Britain’s roads is all about completing local projects like this which replace ageing infrastructure, and create new capacity at the same time.”
Andrew Jones MP, Roads Minister
Click below to watch a report on the new Chelmer Viaduct by ITV News Anglia's Liz Summers
Three men have been treated in hospital for suspected knife wounds following a disturbance in Chelmsford.
Essex Police have arrested seven men, aged between 18 and 25, included the three who were treated in hospital.
Officers were called to Readers Court in the Great Baddow area of Chelmsford at about 9.30pm on Monday 4 April following reports of a disturbance.
Six of the men were detained on suspicion of violent disorder and one for possession of class A drugs. They have been taken to police stations in Chelmsford and Colchester for questioning.
"We have responded swiftly to reports of this disorder and have made a series of arrests.
"We will not permit anyone to behave like this in our city and I anticipate we will be making further arrests as our investigation progresses.
"Anyone taking part in such incidents can expect to find themselves subject to questioning as part of our enquiries.”
Police have cordoned off the area and are carrying out a forensic examination and house to house enquiries.
A number of vehicles and other items recovered at the scene have also been seized.
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Police in Chelmsford are hunting arsonists after five cars were set alight in the city.
The fires were set in the Melbourne and Newlands Spring areas on Thursday night with incidents reported on Melbourne Avenue, Bounderby Grove, Tugby Place, Flintwich Manor and St Nazaire Road.
Series of arson attacks against cars reported in Melbourne area of #Chelmsford - If you have any info please call us on 101 inc 973 refers.
PC Alan Conran of Essex Police said patrols of the Dickens Estate were continuing in an effort to capture the culprits.
The original Marconi works in Chelmsford will open its doors the the public for the first time this week.
The building - where radio was first transmitted in the 1890s - is currently being converted into flats.
It is open to the public because developers have to fulfill a clause in their planning agreement to open it up before they are sold off.
The exhibition will be on for three months from Friday
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Police are appealing for witnesses to a collision involving a pedestrian and a car.
A 52-year-old woman was crossing Longmead Avenue in Chelmsford at about 6.05pm on Monday February 22nd when she was involved in a collision with a small red hatchback.
The driver stopped and got out of his car but left before leaving his details. He was described as white and believed to be aged in his 30s and the car was travelling from Longmead Avenue towards Meadgate Avenue.
The pedestrian, from Chelmsford, was taken to hospital with cuts and bruises.
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A pedestrian has died after he was hit by 'several HGV's' on the A12 in Essex.
It happened on the southbound carriageway near Chelmsford at around 6.10am today (February 10).
A pedestrian, a man believed to be in his 50s, has died at the scene.
Traffic is still at a standstill and police don't expect the road to be re-opened until later this afternoon.
The northbound carriageway is unaffected.