Sadlers Farm Junction – Progress Photos

A few recent photos of the works ongoing at the Sadlers Farm Junction Improvements project in South East Essex.  Loads more photos from this set on my Picasaweb photo sharing website here.

The works appear to be going really well. The northbound traffic on the A130 north of Sadlers farm Junction has been swapped over onto the newly constructed carriageway to allow works to the southbound carriageway to be carried out.

Works to Sadlers Hall and Sadlers Farm Bridges is well on with the steel deck beams in place and concreting works to the decks being carried out.

Traffic is now using the new London Road Bridge and this allows the remaining material to be excavated out beneath both it and the temporary road diversion to complete the strategic link.    Works are required to construct new capping beams to the previously installed secant pile walls before the final excavation can be completed.

The abutments to new Church Road Bridge are steaming ahead too.  The reinforced earth concrete panel faced fill areas to each being raised in little over a week each – impressive.  The bankseat to the south is now also being constructed.  Works are on a tight schedule here as the A13 is scheduled to be closed overnight for four nights 12-15 December 23:00 to 05:00 to allow the deck beams to be lifted into place.  I might try and go along to watch that!  More details of the closures on the Essex CC website here. 

Widening works is ongoing to the section of A13 between the new Church Road Bridge and Pitsea Flyover, and soil panelling to the areas of soil nailing is almost complete.  Interestingly Birse have gone away from the cellular plastic soil retention system they first tried see post here and are now using pre-formed soil panels instead.  I’m guessing this is due to the steepness of the slope.

The works have definately benefitted from the good weather we have been having to date.

All photos below open to larger versions in new windows on clicking.

Widening works to the A13 westbound carriageway approaching Pitsea Flyover
Widening of the cutting on the A13 eastbound adjacent to the old Church Road Bridge
New Church Road Bridge south abutment
New Church Road Bridge north abutment
New Church Road Bridge south abutment bankseat
Drainage works to A13 westbound approaching new Church Road Bridge
New Sadlers Hall Bridge under construction
Strategic link and Sadlers Hall Bridge
Secant pile wall being exposed under what was the temporary London Road diversion.
Another view of the new Sadlers Hall Bridge
New Sadlers Farm Bridge under construction
Cutting slope near the new Sadlers Farm Bridge. Note the 'benching' to accommodate the filling required behind the east abutment
Close up of east end of new Sadlers Farm Bridge

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