Date set for work to reopen Mill Road bridge in Cambridge to all traffic
Work to reopen Mill Road bridge to all vehicles is set to begin on Tuesday, August 3.
Contractors are ready to start removing the cameras, signs and build-outs from 9.30am and it is anticipated that the work will be completed the same day.
Cambridgeshire County Council’s highways and transport committee voted on Tuesday (July 27) that the bridge should reopen, with a full review of future options to be undertaken.
It took a casting vote from the chair, Labour’s Cllr Gerri Bird, who had been particularly concerned about disabled access, to make the decision.
Work cannot begin to reopen the road until four full days after the decision has been published to give the nine members of the authority’s strategy and resources committee the chance to ‘call in’ the decision.
A spokesperson for Cambridgeshire County Council said: “In line with the council’s constitution, decisions come into force from four working days after the publication of committee decisions.
“Following the decision of the Highways and Transport Committee, we are liaising with our contractors and enforcement team to re-open the bridge. Subject to the four day ‘call-in period’, we anticipate our contractors being on site removing the cameras, signs and build-outs from 9.30am on Tuesday 3 August 2021.”
The county council has warned that removal works “will require vehicles to be parked along Mill Road which could cause some disruption” and has asked drivers to avoid the road until work has been completed.
The decision followed months of wrangling and debate over the Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) imposed in June 2020 to encourage social distancing during the pandemic.
That ETRO meant only pedestrians, cyclists and buses have been able to use the bridge for the last year - an arrangement that opponents said was ruinous for traders, while supporters welcomed the cleaner air along Mill Road and improved safety for cyclists.