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9 weeks of ‘remedial’ work coming to an end at £32m King’s Dyke bridge

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Photos taken this weekend show the extent of the remedial work carried out to the King’s Dyke bridge at Whittlesey.

The project team announced on April 12 that they were to begin a nine-week programme of works “finishing up on site and carrying out final off-road remedial work”.

The contractors explained that “once a new road is built, there is often the need for what we call ‘remedial’ work.

The £32m King’s Dyke crossing at Whittlesey opened in July of last year – six months ahead of schedule. The project team announced on April 12 that they were to begin a nine-week programme of “remedial work”. PHOTO: Terry Harris

The £32m King’s Dyke crossing at Whittlesey opened in July of last year – six months ahead of schedule. The project team announced on April 12 that they were to begin a nine-week programme of “remedial work”. PHOTO: Terry Harris

“At the end of any major scheme there is a period where the project gets ready to finish up and final checks are completed to ensure our high standards of quality are met”.

The £32m King’s Dyke crossing at Whittlesey opened in July of last year – six months ahead of schedule. The project team announced on April 12 that they were to begin a nine-week programme of “remedial work”. PHOTO: Terry Harris

The £32m King’s Dyke crossing at Whittlesey opened in July of last year – six months ahead of schedule. The project team announced on April 12 that they were to begin a nine-week programme of “remedial work”. PHOTO: Terry Harris

The project team said: “While this work is carried out, there will be 24/7 temporary two-way traffic lights installed along Ralph Butcher Causeway starting on 19 April for nine weeks, although we hope to finish sooner if possible.

The £32m King’s Dyke crossing at Whittlesey opened in July of last year – six months ahead of schedule. The project team announced on April 12 that they were to begin a nine-week programme of “remedial work”. PHOTO: Terry Harris

The £32m King’s Dyke crossing at Whittlesey opened in July of last year – six months ahead of schedule. The project team announced on April 12 that they were to begin a nine-week programme of “remedial work”. PHOTO: Terry Harris

“Last year, there was a focus on Star Pit and a piled wall was installed below ground level. That work allowed the road’s embankment to be built on top.

The £32m King’s Dyke crossing at Whittlesey opened in July of last year – six months ahead of schedule. The project team announced on April 12 that they were to begin a nine-week programme of “remedial work”. PHOTO: Terry Harris

The £32m King’s Dyke crossing at Whittlesey opened in July of last year – six months ahead of schedule. The project team announced on April 12 that they were to begin a nine-week programme of “remedial work”. PHOTO: Terry Harris

“As part of this final check, Cambridgeshire County Council and Jones Bros have agreed further work is required at the top of the embankment.”

The remedial work will involve:

The £32m King’s Dyke crossing at Whittlesey opened in July of last year – six months ahead of schedule. The project team announced on April 12 that they were to begin a nine-week programme of “remedial work”. PHOTO: Terry Harris

The £32m King’s Dyke crossing at Whittlesey opened in July of last year – six months ahead of schedule. The project team announced on April 12 that they were to begin a nine-week programme of “remedial work”. PHOTO: Terry Harris

– Removing the safety barrier and fence between the rail bridge and the underpass structures

– Replacing the top 1.2m of verge

– The installation of drainage

– Reinstalling the safety barrier

The project team said that the lights will be manually operated during the day, and we have checked with other roadworks in the area and timed this work to minimise disruption.

“The bridge will remain open but will be reduced to one lane,” they explained.

“The traffic management will also allow us to complete the scheduled remedial works without any further delays.”

These include:

– Footpath resurfacing

– Gully installation and manhole connection

– Completing drainage cleansing and CCTV surveying works

The team added: “We will carry out the work as quickly as possible, and we thank you for your patience.”

The £32m King’s Dyke crossing at Whittlesey opened in July of last year – six months ahead of schedule. The project team announced on April 12 that they were to begin a nine-week programme of “remedial work”. PHOTO: Terry Harris

The £32m King’s Dyke crossing at Whittlesey opened in July of last year – six months ahead of schedule. The project team announced on April 12 that they were to begin a nine-week programme of “remedial work”. PHOTO: Terry Harris

The £32m King’s Dyke crossing at Whittlesey opened in July of last year – six months ahead of schedule.

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