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Massive steel beams lifted into place for latest stage of viaduct construction

How the new Chelmer Viaduct will look. Credit: Essex County Council.

The latest stage of a £28m project to replace the Chelmer Viaduct in Essex has begun.

From today, cranes will be putting huge steel beams - weighing up to 52 tonnes each - in place across the river. They will form the new bridge deck of the viaduct across the River Chelmer at Chelmsford.

The work - which includes the demolition or the existing viaduct, three lanes of carriageway and a shared footway and cycleway - is due to finish next winter.

Drivers warned to take care on flooded roads

A cycle path underwater near the river Chelmer Credit: ITV Anglia

Essex Fire and Rescue has warned drivers not to venture into flood water after several motorists had to be rescued overnight. Heavy rain has left some roads underwater, and there's been flooding along the river Chelmer where a cycle path is now impassable.

The Environment Agency says the worst risk of flooding in the area has now passed.

Floods near the river Chelmer Credit: ITV Anglia
Flooded fields near the river Chelmer Credit: ITV Anglia