Highways England have confirmed to us that work to fully open Clifton Bridge will take until the end of 2020 – but efforts to reopen more lanes is ongoing.
A spokesperson said:
‘Once we have carried out further repairs and checks under the structure, we’ll re-open additional lanes eastbound (leaving the city) albeit they will be narrow lanes.
‘We’re aiming to have more lanes open, possibly three, in the coming weeks.
‘We’re going to be working under the road for the remainder of the year but the bridge won’t be closed to traffic for the year.’
Speaking to The Wire Highways England regional director, Catherine Brookes, said:
“Firstly, we just want to reiterate how grateful we are for everyone’s patience while we carry out this vital repair work. We feel the pain as well and we have family and friends living and working in Nottingham who have also been disrupted. We know that this route is used by tens of thousands of motorists every day and we know how important it is to people.
“That is why we continue to work round the clock to run calculations and assess the damage in greater detail, so we can get additional traffic using the bridge when it is safe to do so.
“Our teams are still working to assess the structure and indications show that a programme of repairs will likely see work continue under the road for the remainder of this year.
“We know that nobody likes roadworks and we’d like to reassure people that we’re aiming to get additional lanes back open as soon as we can.
“It’s really important that we don’t cause any further damage to the road or the structure in that process and we need to be methodical to avoid more disruptive roadworks in the future.
“We’d once again like to say a huge thank you to the people of Nottingham for their continued understanding while we do this vital repair work.”