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Bridge safety work begins

PUBLISHED: 15:34 19 August 2009 | UPDATED: 10:13 12 August 2010

TRAFFIC lights will be used temporarily to control vehicles on a bridge while new barriers are installed. The re-enforced barriers are being

TRAFFIC lights will be used temporarily to control vehicles on a bridge while new barriers are installed.

The re-enforced barriers are being put in on Chislehurst road bridge after the existing ones were damaged.

The work, which coincides with the quieter holiday period, started yesterday and is expected to end by August 28.

Head of highway network management Garry Warner said: "We are keeping traffic disruption to an absolute minimum by undertaking this work in the summer holidays when traffic is lighter.

"Unfortunately, shortly after we installed the existing barriers, a number of heavy goods vehicles passed through the barriers when the wet concrete was still setting, which caused the damage.

The new barriers are re-enforced to prevent further problems. We need to stop heavy goods vehicles from using the bridge to protect it."

The decision to ban heavy goods vehicles and buses from using the Chislehurst Road bridge followed a routine bridge safety survey which revealed that the bridge was no longer capable of carrying the 44 ton weight loads.

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