The Orwell Bridge is due to close. Picture: GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO
Highways England have announced that the Orwell Bridge will close from 5pm this evening due to strong winds.
#A14 Orwell Bridge - We have had our forecast update and we have decided to CLOSE Orwell Bridge from 17:00 today to 03:00 tomorrow morning. We will monitor windpseeds throughout the night and update you all if we can re-open it sooner.
In a tweet, they said: "We have had our forecast update and we have decided to CLOSE the Orwell Bridge from 5pm today to 3am tomorrow morning. We will monitor wind speeds throughout the night and update you all if we can re-open it sooner."
The planned diversion route is via the A1156, A1189 and A1214 through Ipswich which will be "clearly" sign-posted.
In a statement, a Highways England spokesman said: "Highways England is advising road users in the East of England that the Orwell Bridge in Suffolk is likely to close at 5pm this evening (Tuesday 14 January) for safety reasons, due to high winds.
"Once closed, Highways England will continue to monitor wind speeds closely before making a decision about when to reopen the A14 bridge.
"The worst of the weather is expected between 5pm and 3am tomorrow morning (Wednesday, January 15) but wind speeds will be assessed throughout this period.
"However, the bridge is expected to reopen at 3am well before the morning rush hour."