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Slow bridge work angers residents
3:00pm Monday 16th September 2013 in News
AVELEY residents have lashed out at Thurrock’s Council’s slow progress in fixing a troublesome bridge.
The Aveley bypass bridge has been undergoing repairs since a lorry struck it in May last year.
Heavy goods vehicles have been driving down Ship Lane, near Aveley, since the closure, despite weight restrictions, and residents say the work should have finished months ago.
There is currently a 30mph speed restriction on the bypass as work is carried out.
The bridge is regularly used to access Aveley Primary School. However, they have had to take diversions up to a mile long as work continues at the bridge.
Alan Tubby, 60, from Park Lane, said: “It is unbelievable they are continuing to do works.
“It seems they have been going on forever, with no end in sight. It is very frustrating for people who want to go between Aveley and South Ockendon.”
A council spokesman said: “Work had to be halted as there was a problem lifting the mid-span from its bearings.
“It is difficult to specify the completion date as safety documents need to be issued. The work should be complete three to four weeks after that.”
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