M62 Ouse Bridge repairs to continue after fractured joint sparks…

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M62 Ouse Bridge repairs to continue after fractured joint sparks…

M62 Ouse Bridge repairs to continue after fractured joint sparks safety concerns
2022-04-08 08:05:00
Lane closures on M62 Ouse Bridge are to continue after a safety fault was uncovered in an inspection. The lengthy lane closures, which have been in place since March 24, have created large queues of traffic for commuters. While the work was due to end on Saturday, April 2, it has had to be extended due to a safety issue detected during an inspection. The time it has taken to be complete is due to Ouse Bridge needing specialist equipment to ensure the repair work is carried out safely and effectively, according to National Highways. Andrew Percy, Conservative MP for Brigg and Goole, posted an update on his Facebook page. He said: “Like many residents, I’ve found myself stuck in the traffic caused by the unexpected issues on the M62 Ouse River Bridge. Read more: More misery for motorists as M62 Ouse Bridge repairs continue this weekend “Obviously the issue is compounded by the planned works on Boothferry Bridge, meaning that traffic through Airmyn and parts of Goole has been pretty horrendous at times. This of course is an unfortunate occurrence of a fault occurring at the same time as these planned works. “There's nobody to blame for this, but obviously we want it managed as well as possible and the works completed as quickly as possible. I have already gone back to them to request a timeframe for the contraflow and for the likely conclusion of the works. As ever, I will be sure to keep residents posted.” In his post, he updated followers with a statement from National Highways. The National Highways spokesman said: “Following a visual inspection on the bridge, it was identified that the metal expansion joint in lane [two] had fractured. This meant it was essential to close lane two over the Ouse Bridge for safety reasons. “We undertook a detailed inspection over the weekend to identify the level and type of repair required. Following the inspection, it will be necessary to undertake more extensive works to safeguard the stability of the bridge joint. “As a result, we are currently planning to put the M62 over the River Ouse into contraflow that will result in two lanes being available in either direction which will reduce current delays. We are hoping to do this as soon as possible. “The joint itself is quite complex and does require specialist equipment and resources to carry out any subsequent repair work. We will be publishing updates via the press and on social media regarding the plan going forward.” Video LoadingVideo UnavailableClick to playTap to playThe video will auto-play soon8CancelPlay now

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