I swung by and took some photos of the works going on at Sadlers Farm in South East Essex yesterday in advance of the closure of the A13 between the junction and the Pitsea flyover this weekend to demolish the old Church Road Bridge.
The works have been getting some bad press of late due to the traffic queues on surrounding roads as a result of the works and I have got caught up myself in the long queues on the A127 as people avoid the A13. Hopefully this will soon improve as one lane of the strategic link has now opened allowing some of the traffic heading north to bypass the roundabout.
I think the works to finish the strategic link have taken longer than planned and hence works have started to the roundabout before vehicles have been able to avoid it hence the big traffic queues.
The works have progressed a fair bit since my last visit (blog and pics here). Works to the roundabout are well advanced with new kerblines now in place and new traffic islands and signals being installed.
Both Sadlers Hall Bridge and Sadlers Farm Bridge appear to be structurally complete with traffic now using the former. I don’t think it will be long before the latter is taking traffic too.
The new Church Road Bridge is complete and open to traffic which has allowed preparation work to start on the old bridge to allow its its dismantling.
The A13 is due to be closed in both directions from Sadlers Farm junction to the Pitsea Flyover this weekend from 0500 Saturday 28th April to 05oo Monday 30th April. I assume this is for the bridge dismantling primarily but I’m sure they will be taking advantage of the closure to do other works including tie-ins and the like.
All in all the works appear to be progressing well and I guess should be open in their finished form – if not fully completed – in the next month or two.
I have uploaded an album of photos to my picasaweb photo sharing website and they can be found by clicking here. Included below are a selection of the photos which all open to a new window on clicking.