Graham has opened the Mill Mound Bridge carrying a popular local bridleway over the A120, meaning an end to long diversions
The newly built Mill Mound Bridge will now carry the bridleway over the new A120 Bypass, as well as providing local farm access and benefits to local wildlife, allowing animals such as deer to cross the A-road safely.
The public right of way has been closed for safety reasons while construction work has been taking place, with a long diversion route in place for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.
The new 3.9km bypass, to the north of Little Hadham, will alleviate congestion along the route caused by the Little Hadham traffic lights and provide more reliable journey times. As part of the scheme, new road embankments along the River Ash and Albury Tributary will act as flood defences to reduce risk to the village and other nearby communities.
The scheme will improve air quality and also ultimately benefit the county’s economy, with quicker transport links to Stansted Airport among the long-term advantages for Hertfordshire.
The scheme is supported by Local Growth Fund investment from Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and money secured by the LEP from the Department for Transport, as part of a wider funding package with Hertfordshire County Council and the Environment Agency.
A vital infrastructure scheme
Dave Woodcock contracts director, Graham, said: “The Graham highways team continues to deliver some fantastic projects across the UK and we were absolutely delighted to be given the opportunity to work with all stakeholders on delivering the A120 bypass and flood alleviation scheme.
“The project will make a hugely positive difference to people who live nearby and to those visiting or passing through the area.
“We are pleased with progress so far and the completion of the new Mill Mound Bridge is an important milestone in this fantastic project.
“We are now looking forward to delivering the next stage of our work which, once complete, will bring a great many safety, environmental and general road user benefits to Hertfordshire.
“I am often very proud of the work that our team undertakes and for how they rise to the challenge – delivering safely and well both before and during the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Adam Wood, head of infrastructure and regeneration at Hertfordshire LEP, added: “With the opening of Mill Mound Bridge, we are one step closer to completing this vital infrastructure scheme set to benefit local residents, businesses and commuters for years to come.
“The Little Hadham bypass is vital to future-proofing this key section of Hertfordshire’s road network to accommodate further growth and we are delighted with the progress made to date despite the challenges of the pandemic.”