One of the southbound lanes on the Humber Bridge will be closed from today as part of on-going essential maintenance work to strengthen the landmark crossing.
The £3.9m project to replace four solid steel "A-frames", which connect the main span bridge deck to the towers at either end of the bridge, will require the closure of the nearside lane.
The changes to traffic flow are necessary to reduce the load on the structure whilst the work is carried out and to enable safe access to the working areas.
Motorists facing nine months of disruption when repairs to the Humber Bridge start have been spared delays for another month.
Crucial roadworks have already begun on the bridge but lane closures are now not expected to start until the beginning of November.
The countdown is on for the £3.9m repairs to the Humber Bridge. One lane over the bridge will be closed for the repair works, which include replacing four steel frames to strengthen the landmark crossing. The work is expected to start on October 28 and will last 40 weeks
"We appreciate that customers will be worried that this work could affect traffic flow in and around the Humber Bridge toll area but we want to stress that we are doing all we can to minimise any impact.
At peak times we will have three approach lanes and three toll booths open in each direction, as at present. We will only reduce this to two lanes or possibly one at the quietest times during nights and weekend when the work make this essential for safety."
Peter Hill, Bridgemaster
Work to install a new payment system on the Humber Bridge has started. The new system will allow customers to cross the bridge without having to use cash. Instead, a special tag installed in people's cars will automatically debit the drivers' bank account.
Work to install a new electronic toll system on the Humber Bridge starts this morning. Once up and running drivers will have a special tag placed in their windscreen which will debit their accounts automatically.
Patients who cross the Humber Bridge for hospital treatment are nearing an exemption in tolls.
A bill going through Parliament would give control of the bridge to a new board who can change current rules.
Campaigners have lobbied for patients to be toll-exempt for years.
The Humber Bridge Bill was agreed at a second reading in the Commons.
Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers has been speaking to us about it,
Local tax-payers will have a greater say over the running of the Humber Bridge, the Government has said as legislation moved a step closer to give a new board the power to set toll fees.
Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers spoke to Calendar after the Humber Bridge Bill received its second reading in the Commons,
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