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Sutton Bridge road works: officials working with Wisbech Harbour Office to minimise bridge swings

Highways officials are working with harbour authorities to limit the swinging of Cross Keys Bridge in Sutton Bridge while the road works are taking place.

Long traffic queues were seen around the area yesterday (Monday, September 30) with some drivers reporting waiting for up to 45 minutes to get over the Bridge.

Work began yesterday on a £100,000 project to resurface the bridge but Lincolnshire County Council's Highways has warned that this might be disrupted due to today's heavy rain.

Queues for Cross Keys Bridge Sutton Bridge
Queues for Cross Keys Bridge Sutton Bridge

In a briefing sent out to local residents yesterday, Ian Booth said: "We have been in contact with Wisbech Harbour Office who have agreed to assist in trying to coordinate small vessel movements wherever possible to minimise the number of times the bridge is required to swing.

"I must point out it isn't always possible for commercial ships. I would like to thank the staff at the Harbour Office for their assistance and understanding.

"I believe we have another ship due on October 2 but ETA to be determined at this moment in time but likely to be either 0905 or 2134 according to the tide tables."

Queues for Cross Keys Bridge Sutton Bridge
Queues for Cross Keys Bridge Sutton Bridge

He also stated that work started yesterday to remove the existing surfacing on the westbound carriageway, which is slightly ahead of schedule but warned that the rain will prohibit the laying of the new surfacing material.

Mr Booth added: "Our Traffic Management contractor have been instructed to give the A17 priority in 'green time', but to monitor the village traffic when it becomes backed up. We acknowledge there have been significant queues in Sutton Bridge earlier today. We are restricting access from Sutton Bridge intentionally to deter people from rat running through the village and our contractors have been instructed to erect signs at key roads to state no through traffic for the A17.

"I would advise people wanting to cross bridge, to avoid the roundabout adjacent the bridge but instead exit Sutton Bridge onto the A17 via an alternative road (Railway Lane or similar). I know it means joining the A17 traffic and may not be ideal, but given the A17 has priority, could be a quicker solution to crossing the bridge."

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