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Bexley Village bridge to reopen to traffic TOMORROW

PUBLISHED: 16:15 23 May 2016 | UPDATED: 16:15 23 May 2016

The bridge on Bexley High street A223 is set for closure for repairs which will cause chaos for commuters, Shoppers, schools and emergency services

The bridge on Bexley High street A223 is set for closure for repairs which will cause chaos for commuters, Shoppers, schools and emergency services

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The bridge was set to reopen next month

The new bridge heading in and out of Bexley Village will be open to all traffic from tomorrow morning (May 24).

It will reopen to northbound traffic two months ahead of the original schedule, after southbound traffic was allowed through the bridge from May 10.

Southbound traffic reopened nearly two months later then expected, with the council admitting there were “difficult ground conditions” when building the new bridge’s foundations.

During the work which was funded by Transport for London, a rusted Thames Water main was discovered, which could have flooded the village if left unrepaired.

The council has said it maintained close contact with businesses with the villages and thanked them.

During the works, one local business called the village a “ghost town” and said the works had “ruined” their year.

Alex Sawyer, cabinet member for traffic for transport, said: “I would like to thank residents and businesses who have been very understanding during the works.

“This is good news for all, I am delighted we are able to open the new bridge two months ahead of schedule despite the complexity of the construction programme.”

“I am confident that this major investment in the Village infrastructure will ensure that the local community continues to thrive.”

A 7.5 tonne weight restriction will remain in place for the new bridge, with buses and coaches remaining exempt.

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