Ipswich in clean-up mode after major storm EARLIER: A major clean-up is underway across Ipswich and surrounding areas this morning following yesterday's wild weather.
Fierce winds, heavy rain and large hail damaged roofs, smashed windows, ripped up trees and generally blew away anything that wasn't tied down.
There was also irritation that the work had been carried out before the end of term, making it difficult to take their children to school.
Readings from elsewhere in the area are also taken before any decision to close the bridge is taken.
These electronic readings are looked at constantly,” the spokesman added, although when asked was unable to confirm how regularly it was checked.
In this case, no council tax payers’ money is being used to pay for this work.
“The contractor in this case acknowledged that revision was required to these speed bumps following their installation, and they are carrying out this work now, during off-peak hours to ensure the works meet our high specifications required.” Members of the public told the Star that some of the ramps along the road had been too steep since the work was completed last year.
It will be a much calmer day today with only a slight chance of rain forecast.
Highways England said the road would be closed from 1am, with an anticipated re-opening around 9am, but at 12.37pm it finally tweeted to say the bridge had re-opened.
Many motorists questioned whether a comprehensive plan had been put in place for the closure.“The protocol involves communicating with the local authority, police and Met Office, to determine next steps.
But wind readings of more than 50 mph do trigger this protocol,” the spokesman said, adding that diversions were put in place and clearly signposted. Highways England said that speed restrictions on the bridge were not possible as it would be too difficult to enforce and high sided vehicles such as lorries would still be vulnerable to strong winds.
The spokesman added: “Drivers safety is always our priority.