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Bridge over the River Lee to be reconstructed

Work has started to repair and reconstruct a weakened road bridge which spans the River Lee near Harlow as it can no longer support heavy vehicles.

Essex Highways structural engineers will rebuild Fish and Eels bridge, which carries Dobbs Weir Road between Harlow and Hoddesdon.

The work is expected to be finished by the end of January 2016.

A new permanent footbridge will be built on the south side of the bridge and a footpath will be provided on the north side.

"Structural surveys have clearly shown the ironwork supporting Fish and Eels Bridge has corroded to the extent that it has become dangerous for vehicles to cross it, especially commercial vans and trucks. Clearly we need to maintain the safety of everyone who needs to use it."

– Essex County Council's Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, Cllr Rodney L Bass

A signed diversion will direct drivers onto sections of Essex Road, Charlton Way, High Road, Station Road, Nazeing New Road, North Street and Sedge Green, while a temporary footpath will be provided for pedestrians and cyclists.

Boats will be allowed to use the River Lee and canal during the construction programme, however an occasional closure of the canal may be required for safety reasons.

Resurfacing work on the A12 in Essex starts today

Drivers can expect some delays on the A12 between Chelmsford and Colchester in Essex as essential resurfacing work begins between Junctions 22 ( Witham North) and 23 ( Kelvedon South) northbound from today.

"This resurfacing work will improve the condition of the road surface for drivers using this vital route through the region and we thank drivers for their patience."

– Highways England project manager, Jennie Fraser

The work will take place on the northbound carriageway for five nights.

The A12 between junction 22 and junction 23 will be closed from tonight for five nights.

The works will take place between 9pm and 6am.

During the overnight closures on the A12 northbound a clearly signed diversion route will be in place, traffic will be diverted at junction 22 onto the B1389, right onto The Avenue, straight to Chipping Hill, onto the B1018 to Westdrive, take third exit to the A120 northbound carriageway and remain on the A120 eastbound to junction 25 with the A12.

Local traffic that use Rivenhall End will be diverted to use Oak Road north, Henry Dixon Road to the A12 southbound at junction 22 where they will exit and re-join the A12 northbound diversion route. This is for access to the village only.

Access for residents between junction 22 and the old Fox pub who require access will be escorted past the roadworks.


Woman dies and four injured in collision

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An elderly woman has died and two young girls aged five and two were taken to hospital after a serious road crash in Essex.

The woman, believed to be in her 80s and from Hertfordshire was a passenger in a Vauxhall Astra which was in collision with a Volkswagen Polo at Little Wigborough near Mersea Island yesterday afternoon.

The driver of the Astra had minor injuries.

The driver of the polo and the five year old girl received serious injuries and were taken to the Royal London Hospital. The two year old is being treated for minor injuries at Colchester General.

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