Heath Bridge Deck Reconstruction

The scheme involves demolishing and reconstructing the existing bridge deck and parapets, and installing new safety barrier on each corner of the bridge. The works are expected to take 18 weeks.

The existing bridge dates back to the 1930s and is being replaced as part of Oxfordshire County Council’s on-going capital bridge maintenance programme, as the condition of the existing bridge has significantly deteriorated over recent years.

Two phases

In order to keep the A41 open at all times during the works, the bridge will be demolished and reconstructed in two phases. The works will be completed under lane closures with two way temporary signals on the A41 at all times. Lower End, to the south east of the bridge leading to Piddington, will be closed throughout works. To improve the safety of the travelling public and workforce, a temporary speed limit of 30mph will be in place through the works. Modelling of the Traffic Management has been completed to estimate the impact of the works on road users. Queuing time at the works is estimated to be less than two minutes during peak traffic hours.

The new bridge has been designed for long term durability to reduce the need for future maintenance and impact on the public. As part of the new bridge, the parapets are being upgraded to current standards to increase safety for road users.

Local parish councils, local residents, farms and businesses have all been informed, and advance signs are being put up on site to warn road users.

We will be providing updates on the progress of the scheme throughout the works. These may be accessed on the Oxfordshire County Council Website at the following address: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/travel-choices

Oxfordshire County Council apologises for any inconvenience this necessary maintenance and repair work to the bridge may cause.

Further information

If you require any further information about the works please contact Oxfordshire County Council on 0845 310 11 11, or by email: bridges@oxfordshire.gov.uk