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Sutton Bridge Cross Keys Bridge 'is on target to be finished on time'

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It has been causing misery to motorists going in and out of West Norfolk for weeks but at least a little comfort was offered today about the major roadworks being undertaken on the A17 at the Cross Keys Swing Bridge at Sutton Bridge,

Those in charge of the works have said the work is on track.

Sutton Bridge Cross Keys Swing Bridge (57352167)
Sutton Bridge Cross Keys Swing Bridge (57352167)

The bridge has been painted and further overnight works have been taking place over the past few weeks with a scheduled end date of July 1.

However, they have caused a number of issues for local residents and commuters and disrupted traffic on a number of occasions, leaving many to question when they will be finished.

A spokesman for Lincolnshire County Council said: “It’s all on schedule – we’ve had nothing to extend the dates so far.

A diversion route during this period takes the A17, A47, Lynn Road, A1101, A17 (and vice versa). This is also the current advisory route should road users want to avoid the queues at the bridge at any point during the remaining work schedule.

Since work began, crews on site have discovered seriously deteriorated sections of the structure’s protection. They are replacing and repairing the sections as part of the works that will mean a continued lifespan for the bridge.

The project, which began at the end of February, has been in a critical phase of works. Because the work on the ends of the bridge means the structure itself has to be held open for extended periods of time, works will be held through the night to cut further disruption to road users.

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