Please note: to report any issues with a river or stream running underneath a highway bridge, for example rubbish in the water,please contact the Environment Agency:
National Customer Contact Centre, PO Box 544, Rotherham S60 1BYEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgTelephone: 03708 506 506(Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm GMT)
Bridge maintenance and inspections
We will investigate reported problems and take any necessary action. If the problem is considered to be dangerous it will be investigated as a matter of urgency and appropriate action taken.
If it is not dangerous, for example graffiti, it will be assessed and work may be scheduled in with other planned work.
Bridges on busier roads or with unsuitable alternative routes will normally take priority for work. A programme of work is planned several years ahead, but can be changed year by year if priorities change.
Structures are inspected in four ways:
||Structures are visited once every 2 years during which the condition of the bridge is recorded
||Scheduled every 6-10 years on a set of significant structures when a more detailed inspection is undertaken, which could also include material testing being carried out
|Special or monitoring inspections
||Where only partial inspections have been possible, further special inspections are set up. These might include confined space entry, CCTV, boat access, scaffold/platform access, etc.
||These usually arise as a result of a road traffic accident where a quick response is required to check for structural damage and to make the bridge safe for the highway user.
Roadworks near highway bridges
If you are planning works which could affect a structure on a highway which is maintained by us, you need to complete a Section 63 Notice and send it to us as the bridge authority for highways in Suffolk, as specified in Section 88 and Section 63 (Schedule 4) of the New Roads and Street Works Act (NRSWA).
This is typically, but not exclusively, where excavation works are within 5 metres of a highway structure. The works promoter is responsible for precisely locating the works and any affected structures.
How to download and complete the section 63 Notice.