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Essex Highways has admitted a number of problems at the bridge repair site in Roding Lane, Buckhurst Hill
Repairs to a bridge causing traffic chaos in surrounding roads are set to be finished nearly a year later than planned, it has emerged.
Essex Highways (EH), the council department responsible for the work, has blamed the delay on a failure to reach agreement with companies affected, including BT and Virgin Media.
In an email sent by EH head Adrian Daplyn to a resident who complained about the delay, which has seen by the Guardian, he apologised for the disruption and said vandalism to traffic lights had worsened traffic problems.
The bridge was closed late last year and the work was due to be completed by February, but Mr Daplyn has warned that residents can now expect problems to last until December.
He wrote: “A number of issues have arisen that has affected progress on the scheme.”
“Essex Highways apologises for the inconvenience that the current traffic arrangements at the site are causing the travelling public and local residents, and are investigating ways to reduce traffic queuing at this location.
“We have also recently had issues with vandalism of the temporary traffic signal which has resulted in the need for repairs to be undertaken.”
During the long email he states it has taken “longer than envisaged” to reach agreement over underground cables affected by the work and said BT is yet to confirm whether the current plans are acceptable.
Mr Daplyn continued: “Detailed estimates for diverting the cables were requested from both parties. This had a significant cost implication. It was decided to divert the Virgin Media fibre optic cable only and investigate an alternative method of overcoming the issues with the BT cables.”
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