Sudbury footbridge to finally be replaced

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An “unsafe” footbridge crossing a major road in Sudbury is being replaced – three months after it was first closed.

Suffolk Highways will be carrying out the removal and replacement of the Springlands Way footbridge, located between First Avenue and Drake Road, over the A134 at Springlands Way.

The work will start on September 29 and will not finish until December 19.

A temporary footway diversion will be in place while the work is being carried out.

Night time road closures along the A134 at Springlands Way will be in place on October 8 and 9 and November 26, from 8pm to 6am, with a diversion route in place.

There will also be restricted access into First Avenue and Drake Road on those nights, which a council spokesman admitted may result in slight delays to residents who would like to access these two roads.

Access for residents and emergency services will be maintained at all times.

Complaints about the safety of the bridge – once described as an “accident waiting to happen” – were first raised in June 2013, but it was not until July of this year that the bridge was finally closed.

Residents warned of rotten wooden boards and raised edges, with users claiming that one woman had put her foot through a rotten plank.

Suffolk county councillor Graham Newman, cabinet member for roads, planning and transport, said: “Public safety is of utmost importance and we continue to inspect public bridges for defects.

“The replacement bridge will require minimal maintenance, comply with current design standards and be suitable for shared pedestrian and cycle use.

“During this work, we will keep inconvenience and disruption to a minimum.”