Essex Highways engineers have been carrying out investigative trial holes and extracting cores from the material below the bridge this week. The cores and other findings will now be reviewed to inform plans to replace the bridge.
This work was delayed from October 2018 due to reasons beyond the control of Essex County Council. The delay means that the major work to demolish the existing bridge and re-build a similar-looking bridge in keeping with the historic look of the village is now likely to start in 2020. Further information on the programme will be released as the replacement design progresses.
Councillor Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, said: “This is absolutely necessary work, which must be done as soon as it can be practically arranged. We very much understand there are concerns regarding the work and the proposed closure, which is why we are continually talking to the relevant councils and with them to various local individuals."