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Delays expected after busy interchange to remain closed amid safety fears

PUBLISHED: 06:20 13 September 2018 | UPDATED: 06:20 13 September 2018

The Army and Navy flyover is used by thousands of motorists every day Picture: PIERS MEYLER

The Army and Navy flyover is used by thousands of motorists every day Picture: PIERS MEYLER

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A busy traffic interchange remains closed for maintenance work again this morning - and is not expected to open for some time amid safety fears.

Essex County Council has closed the Army and Navy flyover in Chelmsford after one of its supporting columns was found damaged.

Drivers have been warned to expect delays in the city centre during the closure, while “essential repair works are carried out.

Kevin Bentley, the council’s cabinet member for infrastructure said: “This damage is something which has happened very recently.

“We don’t know how it happened, and our task now is getting to the bottom of the issue so we can ensure the structure is safe.

“We are sorry for any inconvenience, but I am sure road users and residents would agree there can be no compromise over safety.”

The flyover had just seen resurfacing and improvement works take place over the summer. It reopened in August with a 20mph speed limite.

The closure led to major delays in the city yesterday, particularly throughout morning and evening rush hours.

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