Hammersmith Flyover works enter final phase

16/05/2014
Highways Reporters

Maintenance works on the Hammersmith Flyover in London are now in the final stage.

It will be closed in one direction for 10 weekends from 30 May, to allow concrete deck repairs, resurfacing and waterproofing works on the structure to be completed.

The closures will allow Transport for London (TfL) to carry out waterproofing works which cannot be carried out while traffic is using the structure. This will help extend the life of the flyover, ensuring this vital part of the road network can continue serving London for years to come.

During the weekend closures, which will be in place from 10.30pm on Friday until 5am on Monday morning at the latest, any affected traffic will be diverted via the road network beneath the flyover and the A40 Western Avenue. The eastbound carriageway will be closed for the first five weekends, before switching to the westbound carriageway for the remaining five weekends.

The repairs have been designed to be carried out in the shortest timeframe possible, helping to keep road disruption to a minimum. The works have also been coordinated around other works planned in the local area later this summer, including works to the Hogarth Flyover and Putney Bridge.

Dana Skelley, director of asset management at TfL, said: “Our work to complete vital maintenance works to the Hammersmith Flyover are progressing well. These weekend closures are required to allow us to complete the next section of works as quickly as possible. Our overriding focus when planning these weekend works has been to keep disruption to a minimum and we are ensuring that any affected drivers will have a clear, signed diversion route to help them complete their journey.”

Since October 2013, TfL has been working to complete the second and final phase of works, which will see the remaining 11 of the flyover's spans strengthened in a similar fashion to the five that were repaired during 2012. These works have been primarily carried out overnight to reduce disruption to road users and local residents.

Work on the structure is progressing well, with work to upgrade the central reservation and drainage within the structure now fully underway. The first of the new strengthening cables will start being installed from August 2014 and, later this year, steel bearings within the structure will also be replaced.

The restoration of the Hammersmith Flyover forms part of TfL’s ongoing work to bring London’s roads to a state of good repair. The Mayor and TfL are doubling their investment in the network from £2 billion to £4 billion across the next 10 years, helping to deliver the recommendations of the Mayor's Roads Task Force (RTF) to tackle the challenges facing London's streets and roads.

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