Overnight lane restrictions on Rochester’s Old Bridge

Road users are advised there will be temporary overnight single lane restrictions on Rochester Bridge for eight weeks from Monday, 15 July.

Single lane traffic management is scheduled to run from approximately 9pm until 5am on weeknights, to minimise disruption to road-users.

The lane closures are to enable the workforce to safely re-paint the upstream bowstring-shaped trusses of the Old Bridge. Other smaller maintenance activities will also be carried out, to make the most of the temporary restrictions.

James Booth, Director of Bridges at the Rochester Bridge Trust, explained: “The disruption caused by the pandemic meant that some less urgent activities had to be removed from the 2020 Rochester Bridge Refurbishment Project.

“To minimise disruption to the public, we are now carrying out a phased re-painting of areas of the bridge that need attention. In April 2022 we painted the lower portion of the trusses, and now we are satisfied that activity was a success we are focusing on the upper section of them on the upstream side of the bridge – the side which is most exposed to the elements. We appreciate your patience while we carry out these overnight works.”

Bridge maintenance is carried out at Net Zero Carbon, using a variety of carbon-friendly working practices. Electricity is provided from 100% renewable sources, and waste materials are re-used or recycled wherever it is possible to do so.

The works will be carried out by FM Conway, on behalf of the Rochester Bridge Trust.

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