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©Repair of B1508 RoadBridge, August 2020

 

Bures Bridge carries the busy B1508 over the River Stour on the Suffolk/Essex border. It is a 20m span bridge with five curved cast iron beams and brick jack arches between.

The bridge was examined in mid 1990 and cracks were noted in some of the beams. Consequently the bridge was reduced to one lane with a weight restriction of just seven tonnes

The bridge was repaired later in 1991

Between 3rd and the 21st August 2020, the carriageway and footbridge require remedial work.
Letter to Bures Parish Council from SCC:-
For your information, we are planning to carry out maintenance to Bures Bridge which will involve re-applying a waterproofing membrane to the bridge deck.


Suffolk side

Essex side

The result of the road closure means that Bures Hamlet and Bures St Mary are only accessible by pedestrians over the footbridge.
It is reported the Bridge will be closed again in 2021 for painting.

Suffolk County Council web site reads

Reason for closure
Removal of existing footbridge and installation of new footbridge.

There will be access through site for pedestrians / cyclists.

Date of closure
3 - 23 August 2020 - 24hrs

Diversion route
B1508 to Colchester then A134, A131, B1508 & Vice versa.

Letter to Bures Parish Council from SCC:-
For your information, we are planning to carry out maintenance to Bures Bridge which will involve re-applying a waterproofing membrane to the bridge deck.

 

One week later, 10th August

The only work I can see that`s been carried out over the last week are 4 very narrow trenches across the bridge
Today, they do appear to be removing the top tar coat

The grey car, obviously not knowing about the repairs, turned towards the bridge from the High St
The female driver was stationary for at least ten minutes, before I had to leave
This caused great amusment with the village folk - " I will just sit here until you all move"

Work has now been extended another week until the 29th August

At 2.30pm, No workmen or vehicles on site

Latest Update 1500 on 11/08/20
Update by Mick Roche via Facebook

Bridge closure.
Just been in conversation with the repair team and they said the intention was to remove the old road surface fit a waterproof membrane and install a new surface.
But they have discovered a number of service pipes that are at shallow depth so they are unable to continue.
They will now backfill the inspection holes and should be off by Thursday.??
They think they could be back in November.

 

Statement from SCC

We hope you are keeping safe and well. Following our email below, where we detailed the work to re-apply a waterproofing membrane to the Bridge Street bridge deck, we are writing to you again to provide you with an update.

During our time on site, we have unfortunately encountered many service cables beneath the road surface which were not shown on the record drawings before the work commenced. This means that the proposed waterproofing works are being postponed.

Our teams have been working hard to carefully expose the service cables, to enable them to be surveyed. Once we receive the survey results, we will review the situation and determine if we will be able to proceed with the waterproofing without extensive work being required to divert the cables.

The road closure was due to be in place until next Friday, 21 August; however, due to the unforeseen complications on site, the plan is to vacate the area and reopen the road by the end of this week.

We would like to apologise for the inconvenience this may cause. We will write to you again once we have a further update.

Suffolk Highways
12.08/20

Bridge re-opened on Thurs 13th August

 

According to a source at Tesco Home Delivery they have been informed, SCC will return to the bridge on November 10th
14/08/20

Test trenches 19/08/20