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Reconstructed Fish and Eels Bridge to reopen

29 February 2016

A bridge near Nazeing is set to reopen following its complete reconstruction.
Fish and Eels Bridge, which carries Dobbs Weir Road over the River Lee Navigation between Hoddesdon and Nazeing/Harlow, will reopen to traffic by midday on Tuesday, 1 March enabling the current diversion to be lifted.
Engineers have completed the major works on the bridge, but kerbing and final resurfacing are still to be carried out as National Grid has to complete pipe diversions. A 20mph speed limit will be introduced across the bridge until the new road surface is finished.
Essex County Council has used the time during the works to review local people’s concerns and look at how the current Environmental Weight Limits are working. Signage is set to be strengthened within the enforcement zone and monitored to see how it is observed in practice by drivers.
Cllr Eddie Johnson, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport Delivery, said: “I am pleased that the much-needed reconstruction work, which was not without its technical challenges, is now substantially complete so that we can look at the wider road network issues. We have received very active, useful dialogue from local people and their representatives throughout.”
Reconstruction of the bridge included demolition of the existing deck; installation of concrete support piles; cutting down of the masonry abutments and replacement of the existing road deck and separate footbridge. 
Throughout the project there has been close co-ordination with the utility companies to support the diversions of their services which either ran close to or through the bridge structure.