The Orwell Bridge in Suffolk will close this evening (2 January) due to high winds.
The bridge will be shut from 9pm tonight (Tuesday 2 January). It is expected to remain closed through tomorrow’s (Wednesday 3 January) peak morning travel time.
Highways England will continue to monitor wind speeds closely before making a decision about when to reopen the bridge, based on the safety of road users.
Once the Orwell Bridge is closed, the planned diversion route is via the A1156, A1189 and A1214 through Ipswich.
Drivers planning to travel are encouraged to plan their journey in advance and check the latest weather and traffic conditions along the route.
Drivers making journeys across the Eastern region should be aware of sudden gusts of wind, and give high-sided vehicles, caravans, motorbikes and bicycles plenty of space.
The Orwell Bridge in Suffolk is likely to close tonight as strong winds prepare to batter the region.
Highways England says, based on current predictions, the crossing will shut from 10pm tonight (Wednesday) until 8am tomorrow (Thursday).
A diversion will take traffic via the A1156, A1189 and A1214 through Ipswich.
A spokesman said: "Drivers should be aware of sudden gusts of wind, and give high-sided vehicles, caravans, motorbikes and bicycles plenty of space."
The family of a 67-year-old man who was killed after being hit by a "large agricultural vehicle" on the Orwell Bridge in Suffolk have paid tribute to him.
Michael ‘Mick’ Rayner, from Essex, died following the collision on the A14 at Nacton shortly before 7am on Friday 20 October.
A passenger in the vehicle that Mr Rayner had been driving was uninjured.
Mr Rayner's family have released the following statement:
A driver who had got out of his van on the Orwell Bridge has been killed after being hit by a "large agricultural vehicle".
The Eastbound carriageway of the A14 - between Copdock and Wherstead - is set to remain closed for several hours.
The crash happened between junctions 56 and 57 just before 6.45am this morning, Friday October 20.
Police are appealing for witnesses.
A man's body has been recovered from the River Orwell in Ipswich.
Police were called at 3.15am on Wednesday 29 July to reports of a car that was believed to have broken down on the westbound carriageway of the Orwell Bridge.
The car had been abandoned and police called out the Coastguard and RAF Search & Rescue to conduct a search of the river.
The body was found at around 4.30am. The death is currently being treated as unexplained, but is not believed to be suspicious and formal identification of the body is yet to take place. Police are appealing for witnesses.
A14 westbound is partially blocked and there is slow traffic between J57 A1189 (Nacton Interchange) and A14 J56 / A137 (Orwell Bridge). A container has become detached from its lorry and is blocking lane one and part of lane two between the Shell Garage and the Orwell Bridge.
A14 Orwell Bridge westbound blocked, stationary traffic due to accident, three or four cars involved between J57 / A1189 (Nacton Interchange) and J56 / A137 (Wherstead Interchange).
Roadworks are taking place on the Orwell Bridge, near Ipswich tonight.
A section of the A14 is being resurfaced and will close a 300m section road between 8pm tonight and 8am Saturday.
Diversions will be in place for westbound traffic from Seven Hills (J58) via Ipswich town centre to Copdock (J55).
The Highways Agency said the work is being carried out to create a quieter surface and to improve road safety.