Since the new Essex-bound section of Ardleigh Green Bridge (the Eastern section) opened in December 2017, TfL have been working on building the foundations for the new London-bound section (the western side).
They now say they’re ready to demolish the western side of the old bridge and will be carrying out these works over the late May bank holiday weekend.
The workers will then be taking delivery of the new western side of the bridge the following weekend.
Sadly although this is very clever they can’t avoid closing the road as they demolish the old bridge and again as they move the new bridge into place
For both weekends there will be a full road closure of the
A127 Southend Arterial Road between Gallows Corner and Squirrels
Heath/Ardleigh Green Road. But the Pedestrian Bridge will remain open and access will be maintained.
From 21:00 on Friday 25 May
until 05:00 on 29 May the road will be closed to allow demolition
Then the road closes again from Friday 1 June to Sunday 3 June from 21:00 each night until
08:00 the following morning. This is to allow them to move the new bridge into place
There will be some remaining bridge demolition work, which will take place towards the end of June 2018. The team remain on track to reopen all four lanes of traffic on the A127 by spring 2019.