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Plans underway to remove Army and Navy flyover 'as soon as practicable'

Councillors want the infamous structure removed as soon as possible. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Councillors in Essex say they're working on plans to remove the Army and Navy flyover 'as soon as is practicable.'

Essex County Council last week announced that the Chelmsford flyover would stay closed to traffic after a detailed engineering report revealed new defects within its concrete foundations.

The council is now in the process of identifying and appointing a contractor to remove the structure.

Meanwhile, work is continues to assess long-term improvements to the Army junction.

Credit: ITV News Anglia

The flyover cannot remain in its current condition, even with no traffic using it, so we will remove it as soon as is practicable.

We have now started the process to appoint a specialist contractor to take the structure down and are also working to finalise the funding required.

In the meantime, work is continuing at pace to develop options for much-needed improvements to the junction.

We are working hard to find a long-term solution for this critical part of Chelmsford, but we also need to ensure we get it right. Any improvements must be effective in not only improving the junction, but also encouraging more sustainable travel and avoiding putting additional pressure on other roads in the city centre.

– Cllr Kevin Bentley, deputy leader of Essex County Council and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure