For several months:
Monday 17 August to Thursday 12 November 2020 - northbound and southbound permanent lane closures - on both north and southbound carriageways
Volker Highways on behalf of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead are carrying out essential major repairs to the Elizabeth Bridge on the A332 Royal Windsor Way. The work is necessary due to the severe corrosion of the bridge. The corrosion is due to a build-up of water in the abutments that has caused the steel connections to corrode over time. The cable ties work together to take the load of the bridge as the vehicles travel over it.
The main element of the work involves the replacement of the 10 cable ties that bear the weight of the bridge. The majority of the repairs can be carried out underneath the bridge and therefore we have tried to keep the impact on motorists to a minimum. In order to complete the project safely and efficiently, there will be significant lane and some full road closures which will potentially impact road users.
You can open a Printable PDF schedule of the planned closures from August 2020 to December 2020 by clicking here
For full details of the works see https://www3.rbwm.gov.uk/info/200217/roads_and_pavements/1535/major_works_at_elizabeth_bridge_royal_windsor_way
And for full closure details https://www3.rbwm.gov.uk/info/200217/roads_and_pavements/1535/major_works_at_elizabeth_bridge_royal_windsor_way/2
Some background to the project....
Elizabeth Bridge was originally built in 1966; carries the A332 Royal Windsor Way across the River Thames and forms part of the strategic road network through the Borough. It also forms the official diversion route for Highways England, if there is an incident on the M4 between junctions 6 and 8/9. The bridge is a three span post tensioned concrete structure. The bridge deck consists of reinforced concrete girders supported on the abutments at one end and cantilevered over piers at the other end. The cantilever girders are restrained at the abutments by 20 steel cables and holding down bolts.
A condition survey was carried out on this bridge in March 2018 and it was found that there is severe corrosion to the cable ties and the holding down bolts. The corrosion is due to a build-up of water in the abutments that has caused the steel connections to corrode over time.
As a result over the next 5 months or so there will need to be a series of lane and full road closures along Royal Windsor Way in order to make repairs. The current programme of closures is outlined below.
I would ask that you ensure that all of your customers, clients, contractors and customers are all advised about this time table and to expect delays as a result and or seek alternative routes into and around Windsor