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Army and Navy flyover reopens after repairs

The flyover is back open for traffic. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Army and Navy flyover in Chelmsford has reopened this morning after weeks of repair work.

An inspection back in September had spotted some movement in its supporting columns- which experts believe could have been caused by the high temperatures this summer, causing expansion in the structure as a whole.

Engineers say that beyond the column movement, no other urgent safety issues were identified by the independent inspectors.

It's believed high temperatures caused movement in the columns. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Essex County Council say despite the reopening the ageing structure will be closely monitored. They warned that periods of planned maintenance will continue and the flyover would need to shut again during any remedial work to ensure public safety.

Credit: ITV News Anglia

I would like to thank the travelling public and local residents for their patience whilst the flyover has been closed.

We know the closure has caused some congestion in recent weeks. But with repair work complete and an independent inspection complete, we can reopen.

Work will now move forward on the future options for the whole junction, through the task force which was announced last month. This will consider all the options available for a long-term solution to the Army and Navy.

– Councillor Kevin Bentley, Essex County Council's Deputy Leader