Highways chiefs defend King’s Lynn bridge repair plans

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Highways officials have insisted they are doing all they can to minimise disruption while they carry out repairs to bridges along the A47 in Lynn.

Initial work on the project to improve waterproof protection on the bridges between the Pullover and Hardwick roundabouts, will get underway today, Sunday, June 8, ahead of the repairs starting tomorrow.

But, instead of taking 10 weeks, the Highways Agency now says it hopes to complete the project by July 29, to avoid the peak holiday season.

Project manager Ranjit Mistry said: “We are working hard to keep disruption to an absolute minimum. Installing waterproofing protection on concrete bridges is weather dependant and is best undertaken during the summer when the weather is better.”

Contractors met local representatives to discuss the works on Wednesday.

Divisional councillor Alexandra Kemp said she welcomed the shortening of the works, but was disappointed no provision was being made to suspend work during peak times and major events.

A 30mph speed limit will be in place from Monday and a contraflow system will be introduced from next Saturday, June 14. Drivers are being encouraged to allow extra time for their journeys during the works.