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Hammersmith flyover fully reopens

Hammersmith flyover fully reopened to all traffic yesterday following five months of repairs to the stricken bridge that had to be closed just before Christmas last year following the discovery of substantial corrosion of its cables.

Although it partially reopened a few weeks later one lane remained closed in each direction while work to strengthen it continued.

In April, Transport for London and Amey engineers finished the installation and tensioning of new post tensioning cables inside London’s Hammersmith flyover, two days ahead of schedule. The works involved the installation of concrete barriers as well as the installation of 22km of new cables and brought the structure back to full loading capacity.

But Amey and TfL still had to apply a sprayed waterproofing to the exposed bridge deck, replace the road surface and remove the temporary safety barrier. Bad weather earlier this month had threatened to delay reopening, but a concerted effort from the project team has allowed TfL to fully reopen the bridge by the end of May, as promised.

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