Update 16/09/22: The bearing replacement work due to be carried out between 9pm on Saturday and 9am on Sunday this weekend (17th – 18th September) is highly weather dependent. Therefore, in the lead-up to the Bridge closure, the team have been monitoring the weather forecasts closely.
The current forecasted wind speed is higher than expected which means there is a possibility that the proposed works will not be fully completed in the planned overnight closure.
Should this be the case, the Humber Bridge team have identified a short contingency period from midnight to 4am on Monday 19th to complete any remaining works, when the bridge will again close to all traffic, pedestrians and cyclists.
The Humber Bridge team said: “At this stage this is a contingency plan only and we hope to complete all necessary works by 9am on Sunday, September 18th.
“In the event of having to close again, we will communicate this at the earliest possible opportunity.”
Original post 13/09/22: This coming Saturday night – Saturday, September 17th 2022 – the Humber Bridge will be closed completely to carry out vital maintenance work.
This weekend has been selected because the weather conditions are currently sufficient for the works to be completed.
The bridge will close to motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians, from 9pm and open again at 9am on Sunday morning (18th).
Provisions have been made to allow emergency services vehicles to cross the bridge if required.
The work includes changing two bearings at the Hessle end of the bridge which connects the bridge deck to the towers and helps carry the weight of the bridge and traffic. In October 2021 they replaced the bearings on the Barton side of the bridge.
The Humber Bridge team said: “We appreciate that closing the bridge at any point will cause inconvenience to some, but by choosing to do it between the hours of 9pm and 9am on a weekend, our aim is to minimise disruption as far as possible.
“Therefore, we recommend rescheduling all non-essential journeys during these hours. Unfortunately, anyone making an essential journey during this time will have to go around the estuary.”
Although the works are forecast to take place on September 17th, there is a small chance they will be cancelled should the weather forecast change for the worse.