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Severn Bridge weight limits to stay


THE HIGHWAYS Agency was yesterday expected to announce that weight restrictions must remain in place on the Severn Bridge after an investigation into the bridge's corroded cables.

An Agency spokesman said that cable inspection of the cables had been completed but a full analysis of the ndings would not be available until later this year. Only after the analysis is complete will the future of the bridge be decided.

Weight restrictions were originally introduced in September last year after cable corrosion was discovered.

At the time NCE revealed that in some cases the corrosion in the Severn Bridge's cables was found to be so bad that the cables had disintegrated (NCE 21 September 2006).

Heavy goods vehicles are currently only allowed to travel across the Severn Bridge in one lane in each direction and this will continue until a long term strategy is decided.

The Agency began its £3M investigation at Easter last year after corrosion was discovered in the cables of Scotland's Forth bridge.

Water entering the cables during construction or through cracks in the paint work during operation was thought to be the main cause of the damage.

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