|Repair and strengthening works on Nine Arches Bridge in Thrapston over the River Nene on Bridge Street/Kettering Road are set to take place |
between February and July 2021, lasting around five months.
The first stage will require a six-week road closure
Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to cross the river using the separate
footbridge, as works will not affect this.Cyclists will be asked to dismount.
Nine Arches Bridge is a historic structure and is frequently inspected.
Recent inspections have shown a weakness in the arches meaning works are required to enable the structure to carry all vehicles.
Following the six-week road closure and works to the main navigation
arch of the bridge, Northamptonshire Highways will continue their work on the other arches to repair and strengthen. This work will take place
under the bridge and not affect the road.
During the closure, a diversion has been agreed with Highways England
to use the A14 and traffic should access Thrapston at Junction 13.
The majority of the work will be carried out from below the bridge, therefore we are working closely with the Environment Agency to ensure we
complete the work before the boating season officially starts on 1st
Currently, adjacent land is saturated and river levels are high and works could be affected by bad weather. Severe weather or flood alerts would mean that the pontoons being used to carry out these essential repairs
would need to be removed and would stop works. This would be
necessary to ensure nothing affects the flow of the water, which would increase the risk of flooding. Depending on the stage of works, this would mean the road might remain closed for a longer period.
· The site compound will be located on land adjacent to Kettering Road, opposite Chapel Hill and set up will start on Monday 1 February.
· Bridge Street over the river will be closed at Nine Arches Way from
the east and Kettering Road over the bridge from the west will be closed at Chapel Hill Monday 15 February – Friday 26 March.
Access to properties will be maintained during the closure.
At the end of the repairs, the road will be closed for short duration to
allow for resurfacing. Detail will be provided nearer the time.
Access to Thrapston
· Drivers will need to use A14 Junction 13 from both east and west directions to access the town
· There will be no vehicle access into Thrapston from the west through Islip, junction 12 of the A14 or from the A6116 from Corby.
· From Corby and the A6116 go straight across the roundabout where you would normally turn left into Islip and Thrapston. Join the A14 at Junction 12 and then take the exit at Junction 13.
· Access from the A605 from Peterborough, Oundle and the A1 will be as normal, as will the route using the A45 from Rushden, Irthlingborough, Raunds, Wellingborough, Earls Barton and Northampton.
You can keep up to date with all roadworks and closures in your area by visiting one.network or by following us on Twitter @nnhighways
We are also creating a Thrapston Nine Arches mailing list. To register for e- bulletin updates please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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