Humber Bridge to close completely overnight for vital maintenance work

The Humber Bridge will close completely for part of this weekend for only the fifth time in its 41-year history.

The bridge authority explains this is required to allow for “vital maintenance work” on the structure.

It will be closed to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians between 9pm this Saturday – 17 September – and 9am on Sunday – 18 September.

Travellers have been told to use alternative routes and re-schedule non-essential trips.

The work on the 1.4 mile-long suspension bridge, which was opened in July 1981, involves changing two bearings connecting the bridge deck to the towers. It follows work last year to replace the bearings at the other end of the bridge.

Chief operating officer, Andrew Arundel, said: “Changing the bearings is a routine maintenance operation, but it is a significant undertaking that requires the road deck to be jacked up so the new bearings can be fitted into place.

“Therefore, it is not possible to have traffic using the bridge while the work is being carried out.

“The bridge will close late on a Saturday evening and is forecast to open again by 9am the next morning, ensuring the minimum possible disruption for bridge users.

“We also have a contingency plan in place for any emergency vehicles that need to use the bridge during the hours that it is closed.”