Refurbishment work taking place to Bailey Bridge that crosses the River Blyth and connecting Southwold with Walberswick, from July to September 2021.
Following an independent inspection of the bridge at the end of April 2021 it was confirmed that repairs and refurbishment works were necessary. This is needed without delay to address significant defects and replace key structural members. Repair works and refurbishment need to be undertaken at the earliest opportunity to ensure the safety of the public.
The bridge is expected to be closed from 2 July until the end of September 2021 whilst the works are in progress.
Since Suffolk County Council and its local members committed funds to undertake this major refurbishment, concerted efforts have been made to engage with key stakeholders and identify ways of mitigating the impact this closure will have locally.
It has been fully recognised that the closure of this bridge at a time where lockdown is easing will present a challenge to local residents, businesses and visitors to the town. However the safety of those using the bridge has to be the priority.
In light of the impact that this closure could have on local businesses and those using the bridge for commuting purposes, a number of mitigation measures have been explored to take place during the closure.