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The Orwell bridge on the A14 near Ipswich in Suffolk has re-opened after being closed because of windy weather.
The bridge re-opened at 2.25pm after having closed earlier this morning for safety reasons due to continued high winds.
Highways England say drivers making journeys across the region should be aware that winds are still strong and that sudden gusts of wind may still occur.
Drivers should continue to give high sides vehicles, caravans, motorbikes, and bicycles plenty of space.
Suffolk's Orwell Bridge on the A14 has been closed due to strong winds.
Highways England says winds latest weather forecast predicts that wind speeds are due to peak at between 50-55mph between 10am and 2pm on Thursday.
Highways England is constantly monitoring the forecast and any updates will be on their twitter feed @HighwaysEAST.
Highways England will continue to be closely monitoring wind speeds, and will re-open the bridge as soon as it is safe to do so.
While the Orwell Bridge is closed, the planned diversion route will be via the A1156, A1189 and A1214 through Ipswich.
"Drivers planning to travel in the area are encouraged to plan their journey in advance and check the latest weather and traffic conditions along the route.
"You can get the latest forecast from the Met Office and local radio.
"Drivers making journeys across the region should be aware of sudden gusts of wind, give high sides vehicles, caravans, motorcycles, and bicycles plenty of space."
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:
"Mick Rayner was and shall always remain such a much loved member of the family. A devoted husband, father and grandfather to a family that adored him. Mick had a love of travel, a real fondness of Cornwall where many family holidays will now hold such treasured memories."
"Mick was a hardworking man who loved his family and enjoyed time spent working on his garden. Mick will be sadly missed by all who knew him and worked with him in Suffolk and Essex. The family would like to thank the emergency services and especially the family liaison officer."
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.
"A Nissan Cabstar van had stopped on the carriageway and the driver was out of the vehicle when both he and the van were struck by a large agricultural vehicle.
"Sadly, the man has died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained in the collision."
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.