Update on closure of Hall Road for up to 6 Months
Hall Road bridge is falling down
Abbotsford Bridge is on Hall Road, about a quarter of a mile down from The Crown. Amazingly the original structure is 140 years old, and consists of a cast iron deck supported on cast iron girders.
Structural engineers from ECC have visited it and determined it is at the end of its life and a new bridge is needed. The 3-day closure in March was preparatory work to clear vegetation.
May to November for new bridge
ECC say the main works are to commence on 10th May and expect to take about six months to complete (maybe it will only be 4 months, but until they lift the old bridge it is difficult to tell, and they say poor weather may delay them). That means they are being cautious with their estimates. As part of the work they will temporarily relocate the pedestrian footbridge, the water course and utilities.
Hall Road will be CLOSED
During this time ECC say that unfortunately a full closure of the road will be necessary. They say that they will put up official diversion signs.
ECC has put up a webpage to provide details and updates. The link is: https://www.essexhighways.org/highway-schemes-and-developments/highway-schemes/abbotsford-bridge-hall-road-elsenham.aspx
You should be able to find the link through https://essex.gov.uk and then enter Abbotsford Bridge in the ‘I’m looking for’ box. It should then be the first on the list.