Two-week road closure for essential bridge repairs

Published: Wednesday, 11th July 2018

Residents, businesses and visitors are being given advance notice of a two-week closure of King Edward VII Avenue between Windsor and Datchet to allow essential bridge repairs.

Parts of Victoria Bridge have been found to have deteriorated due to water seeping into the concrete.

The council identified the faults during a routine inspection and is conducting the repairs and preventative work during the summer holidays to minimise disruption.

The bridge will close to all vehicles in both directions on Monday 23 July and is expected to remain shut until Friday 3 August. During that time there will be a signed diversion via Windsor town centre, the A308 Albert Road and Datchet Road (full diversion route below). Pedestrians will still be permitted to cross the bridge.

The road is one of the main routes to and from Windsor for those living in Datchet, Horton and Wraysbury and people in the area should take these closures into account when planning a journey.

Cllr Phill Bicknell, cabinet member for highways, transport and Windsor, said: “We have more than 200 bridges to maintain on our 384-mile highway network and repairs and preventative work like this are essential to keeping the borough’s roads in a good condition.

“The area in need of repair runs right through the centre of this bridge so the only way to do this work safely is to completely close the crossing to vehicles.
 
“I would ask for people’s patience as we undertake this essential maintenance which will help prolong the life of the structure and reduce the risk of more costly repairs in the future.”

The work forms part of the council’s £7.7m investment into maintaining and improvement the borough’s highway network in 2018/19.

During the two-week closure the surface of the bridge will be removed to allow the damage to be repaired. The structure will then be covered with a special waterproof coating to protect it from further damage in the future before a new road surface is laid on the bridge and adjoining road.

The original cast-iron Victoria Bridge, built in 1851, was damaged by tanks during the Second World War and replaced by a temporary bridge before being rebuilt in its current form in 1966.

Its name comes from Queen Victoria and the next crossing south along the Thames is named Albert Bridge, after her husband.

The full diversion route can be viewed online here.

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