A message from the Borough Council for those of you who may use Oakley Bridge:-
I wanted to inform you about some work that is required to a bridge on the A6 near Oakley. A few weeks ago a low loader passed southbound along the A6 under the Oakley Road bridge (between Oakley and Clapham). Unfortunately a bucket from the digger that it was carrying hit the beam on the edge of the bridge and caused significant damage, as can be seen in the attached photographs. A lane above was shut with immediate effect on safety grounds until the effects on the bridge could be fully determined. As a result of this process it is necessary to complete some detailed examination of the welds/paintwork on the damaged girder, which will require a closure of the A6 southbound dual carriageway between the Oakley Road exit and the Clapham Road/Paula Radcliffe Way/The Great Ouse Way roundabout, Bedford.
Works are programmed to start overnight from 8th May 2018 and run for up to 10 weekday nights. A temporary diversion route will be in operation through Clapham, as per the drawing. These works will be overseen by me.
In the meantime if there are any issues that you would like to raise then please do not hesitate to contact me.
James Salmon MEng CEng MICE
Principal Structures Engineer