Bridge set to close for year

Solihull News - - NEWS -

A ROAD bridge which crosses the A45 be­tween Meri­den and Fil­lon­g­ley is set to be closed for more than a year, Soli­hull coun­cil has warned.

The busy Fil­lon­g­ley Road Bridge in Meri­den re­quires ex­ten­sive main­te­nance, mean­ing the 59- year- old struc­ture will be out of ac­tion from Jan­uary next year un­til March 2019.

Di­ver­sions will be in place. Two con­sul­ta­tion ses­sions will be held at Meri­den Li­brary on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 9, form 2pm to 7pm, and Satur­day, Novem­ber 11, from 10am to 1pm.

Coun­cil­lor Ted Richards, cab­i­net mem­ber for trans­port and high­ways, said: “The bridge has played a sig­nif­i­cant part in serv­ing the lo­cal com­mu­nity, how­ever it is in need of a new life in or­der to keep it safe for fu­ture com­muters.

“We un­der­stand the works may have an im­pact on mo­torists due to in­creased traf­fic, but we will aim to keep dis­rup­tion to a min­i­mum.”

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