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Humber Bridge to close tomorrow for vital maintenance

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This coming Saturday night – Saturday, October 9th – the Humber Bridge will be closed completely to carry out vital maintenance work.

This weekend has been selected because the weather conditions are sufficient for the works to be completed, something which cannot be relied upon again as we move towards winter.

The bridge will close to motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians, from 9pm and open again at 7am on Sunday morning.

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Provisions have been made to allow emergency services vehicles to cross the bridge if required. 

The work includes changing two bearings at the Barton end of the bridge which connect the bridge deck to the towers and helps carry the weight of the bridge and traffic.

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The bearings also allow the bridge to move in response to the wind and temperature. 

The work has been brought forward after the bridge was hit by 80mph winds during Storm Ciara in February 2020. Since then, the Humber Bridge team have been carrying out inspections underneath the road deck to assess the damage caused by the storm.

This is why the cones have been in place for so long. However, within weeks of the work being completed, the cones will be removed.

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The Humber Bridge team have 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 7am 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.

“Please keep an eye on our website and social media for more information.”

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