A14 fully re-opens 20 hours earlier than scheduled following demolition of a bridge as part of £1.5bn improvement plan

PUBLISHED: 15:06 18 November 2018 | UPDATED: 21:07 18 November 2018

The new junction layout at Swavesey for the A14 services – new bridge at the bottom and old bridge to be demolished at the top of the image. Picture: HIGHWAYS ENGLAND

The new junction layout at Swavesey for the A14 services – new bridge at the bottom and old bridge to be demolished at the top of the image. Picture: HIGHWAYS ENGLAND

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The A14 between junctions 27 (Fenstanton) and 29 (Bar Hill) in Cambridgeshire has opened 20 hours earlier than scheduled following demolition of a bridge.

The road was due to be closed until 6am tomorrow morning (Monday) while the bridge that crosses the A14 at Swavesey was demolished but following Highways England’s speedy work the road was fully reopened in both directions at around 9.30am this morning (Sunday).

The work is part of £1.5bn upgrade of the A14 in Cambridgeshire. The Swavesey junction, junction 28 of the A14, is being extensively modernised as part of the project to upgrade 21 miles of the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon, and the bridge was removed following the opening of a new bridge across the widened A14 on Saturday 3 November.

The demolished bridge which links Swavesey to Boxworth at junction 28 of the A14 was nearly 40 metres long and 13 metres wide, and was supported by steel nine beams and two concrete abutments.

It was taken down by six excavators, each up to 100 foot long, which crunched up the concrete deck before moving onto the central pier and finally the two abutments.

Contractors working on the bridge would like to thank everyone for their patience this weekend whilst the installation was carried out.

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