MOTORISTS using the Humber Bridge this weekend are likely to face delays as the inspection gantries are finally being taken down.
The gantries, which have enabled vital cable inspection to be carried out over recent months, will be removed from the east side main cable between 8pm on Friday, September 13, and 4am on Monday, September 16.
During this time, the southbound carriageway will be closed but a contraflow on the northbound carriageway will ensure traffic continues to flow in both directions.
Despite this, however, motorists are advised to allow extra time for their journeys as the traffic management measures are likely to create delays.
As part of the work, the southbound TAG lane also will be closed, and the east footpath will remain closed.
However, cyclists and pedestrians will be able to access the west walkway of the bridge, which will be open for the entire weekend.
A spokesperson for the Humber Bridge said the removal of the gantries was a step closer to the vital inspection work being completed.
The spokesperson said: “The cable inspection work is now entering its final phase which means the gantries that have provided a vital platform for engineers to work on can finally be taken down.
“This is good news because it means the southbound lane closure can be partially removed and reduced to just a short section in the middle of the bridge.
“We are hoping to be in a position to remove the final section of the lane closure by mid-October, however this will be reliant on favourable weather, so we will keep our fingers crossed.
“The cable inspection work is essential to the ongoing maintenance and operation of the bridge, and we would like to thank our customers for their patience and understanding during times of congestion.”
For more information about the cable inspection work, watch this video