Roads Minister Andrew Jones has officially opened a new £32 million road bridge in Chelmsford, Essex.
The new three lane A138 Chelmer Viaduct is 900 metres long. It replaces the old two lane 1930s bridge which is now due to be demolished.
In total, around 1,800 tonnes of steel, worth over £3.6m and including 104 beams, was used to build the new viaduct, all of which was sourced in the UK.
Roads Minister Andrew Jones said: “I am delighted that we have delivered this much needed new bridge with an extra lane which will help cut journey times for hard working people in Chelmsford and deliver economic growth.
“Our £15 billion investment in Britain’s roads is all about completing local projects like this which replace ageing infrastructure, and create new capacity at the same time.”
The viaduct will be fully open to traffic this week, by 18 April, and will bring the benefits to road users. Around 48,000m3 of earth was moved and 10,500 square metres of surfacing was laid to complete the project.
After 18 April there will be some BT cable work, lighting and final joint work still to complete which will involve minimal overnight lane closures. The demolition of the old viaduct is due to commence in the summer, with final completion expected this winter.
Pictured from left to right: Cllr Hume, HE chief highway engineer Catherine Brookes, Roads Minister Andrew Jones, Graham director Leo Martin at the opening ceremony