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Repair plans enable Hammersmith reopening

Transport for London (TfL) has revealed its repair plans for the Hammersmith flyover today which will focus on strengthening six of the 16 spans while allowing the structure to reopen to light traffic.

It took three weeks of detailed investigation for engineers to identify the spans that required additional strengthening. The work is expected to take four months to complete, which will allow the flyover to carry full traffic loading by the Olympics.

Engineers have also confirmed the flyover is now capable of carrying light traffic. As a result TfL has reopened the bridge today with one lane in each direction and a 2.0m width restriction on each end to prevent large vehicles such as HGV’s and coaches from crossing.

Hammersmith flyover has been shut since 23 December when engineers discovered major corrosion on the steel reinforcement holding the bridge together.

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