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Heavy traffic in Rochester as bridge closes for road works

Drivers are being warned of heavy traffic following the closure of New Bridge in Rochester.

The bridge shut last night, and is scheduled to be closed until Monday, August 3 while resurfacing of the road takes place.

Motorists are being reminded the bridge is closed this weekend
Motorists are being reminded the bridge is closed this weekend

Last month bridge clerk Sue Threader said: “This will be the first time we have closed the bridge in the 14 years I have been in my role. It’s not a decision that was taken lightly. This closure is to enable lead contractor FM Conway to resurface the entire bridge in one go.

“This will allow for a continuous surface to be laid and should reduce the need for future maintenance.

“The alternative would have been to lay the surface in stages but this can increase the likelihood of potholes, and the need for future road works.

“We apologise for the inconvenience this closure will cause.”

Rochester Bridge is closed
Rochester Bridge is closed

Senior contracts manager Liam McGoldrick says the works are weather dependent and it must be dry and not hot.

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