IMPORTANT bridge repairs are set to be coming soon despite some damage from vehicles ignoring the detour.

Little Braxted Lane bridge had its repairs by Essex County Council delayed due to material supplies and water levels but work is set to resume ‘within days’ weather permitting, according to Essex Highways.

However, slight damage to the bridge parapet was damaged after repair.

A highways spokesman said: “Probably HGV despite weight limit and warning signs.”

The temporary emergency closure, which started on November 17 last year, was estimated to be completed today (January 8).

Alternative routes can be found in: Witham Road; Little Braxted Lane; Colemans Bridge; Colchester Road; Southbound Slip To Witham From A12; Newland Street; The Grove; The Grove Roundabout; Barwell Way; Pasture Road; Maldon Road; Blue Mills Hill; Tiptree Road; Kelvedon Road; Heath Lane; and Lea Lane.

Access for emergency services and pedestrians will be maintained at all times.