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Unsafe bridge closes M6

The M6 motorway has been shut after part of a bridge fell onto the carriageway below.

It is understood a section of concrete fell from the structure and hit a car.

The incident occurred near junction 17 in Cheshire.

The bridge will now be inspected by structural engineers to ensure that it is safe before the motorway can be re-opened.

Southbound traffic between junctions 17 and 16 is being diverted onto A-roads.

North West Motorway Police tweeted: “The bridge deemed unsafe is Manor Rd and Reynolds Lane, which runs over the M6 near to Sandbach Services.”

A Highways Agency spokesman said: “A small piece of the bridge has been found to be structurally unsound over the southbound section of the motorway because some material car away from the bridge.”

He confirmed the southbound carriageway would not be re-opened until an inspection and any necessary repairs had been carried out.

The spokesman added: “We are trying to get it re-opened as quickly as we can.”

14:15 UPDATE

The bridge has been reopened following an inspection which cleared it as safe to re-open.

The Highways Agency will carry out an investigation to determine what caused pieces of concrete from the bridge to come loose.

Readers' comments (1)

  • I guess this was one of the so called 'no maintenance structures' promoted by concrete enthusiasts who thought that steel was old hat. Not long after several concrete bridges had problems there came a response from the steel lobby of 'not as good as it's cracked up to be'.
    I like steel. you can see it for all its glory and all its faults. It may need a few coats of paint in it's lifetime but you can feel it, unlike the rotting interiors of concrete structures that even after probing and analyzing can only be guessed at.

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