Bridge work proposed

Cambridgeshire County Council has agreed measures to lift the road surface at Earith Bridge which will help reduce flooding on the A142.

Contractors working on behalf of the Council are currently carrying out repair and maintenance work on the bridge and now measures have been agreed with the Environment Agency which will raise the road surface and fill in low spots to help keep low level flooding at bay.

However the work will not prevent higher water levels flooding the road and filling the flood plain as the area is designed to do. Agreement to raise the road level slightly came after the EA carried out extensive work to establish the safe level by which the road surface could be lifted.

Work on the bridge includes waterproofing the bridge deck, new jointing, carriageway and footway repairs and measures to protect the steel reinforcing. The road will also now be resurfaced to raise the level and fill in low points which are the most prone to flooding.

It is anticipated that the work will reduce the number and duration of road closures caused by flooding – the road closures are triggered by alerts from the Environment Agency on predicted water levels in the area.

Overall, the work on the bridge will cost around £350,000 with a further £100,000 for the road resurfacing work. All the work is expected to be finished by mid-April.