Friday, 14 February 2020

Storm Dennis set to CLOSE Orwell Bridge this weekend / City’s Structural Aerodynamics group carries out study of Orwell Bridge


The Orwell Bridge was closed last weekend during Storm Ciara and now Storm Dennis could have the same effect Picture: ALEX BLAGONA

Highways England has confirmed the Orwell Bridge will be closed for 16 hours at the weekend when Storm Dennis hits the region.

The authority has taken the decision to close the bridge on Saturday afternoon, with winds from Storm Dennis set to top its 50mph safety limit for crosswinds.
As it stands, the bridge on the A14 is set to close from 3pm Saturday until 7am Sunday, when winds are forecast to decrease to a safer speed.
The authority added it will continue to monitor wind speeds on the bridge and update drivers as is necessary.
The bridge's closure could cause travel chaos for football fans leaving the town following Ipswich's home clash against fellow League One side Burton Albion.
The club's Fan Zone, an outdoor space open before matches, will be closed for the day.
In a statement, Highways England said: "Drivers aiming to ravel this weekend are encouraged to plan their journey in advance and check the latest weather and traffic conditions along the route.
"Drivers making journeys across the region should be aware of sudden gusts of wind. Give high sided vehicles, caravans, motorbikes and bicycles plenty of space."
The bridge was closed the weekend prior when Storm Ciara hit the county, with business experts Ipswich Central warning that each day the bridge is closed costs the local economy £1million.

City’s Structural Aerodynamics group carries out study of Orwell Bridge

Commissioned by Highways England, the aerodynamic study sheds light on driving accident risks under high wind conditions.
  by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)
https://www.city.ac.uk/news/2020/february/citys-dr-alfredo-camara-carries-out-study-of-orwell-bridge

Sat 15 Feb GMT
HourWindAvg.GustTemp.Rain 3hCloudPress.
00:00
SW15 mphto25 mph9 °C0.7 mm
100 %1015 mb
03:00
SSW15 mphto26 mph9 °C0.6 mm
100 %1014 mb
06:00
SSW16 mphto30 mph9 °C0.1 mm
100 %1013 mb
09:00
SSW24 mphto40 mph10 °C0.2 mm
100 %1012 mb
12:00
SSW30 mphto47 mph11 °C0 mm
100 %1009 mb
15:00
SSW33 mphto54 mph11 °C0.9 mm
100 %1006 mb
18:00
SSW36 mphto58 mph11 °C0.9 mm
100 %1004 mb
21:00
SSW32 mphto51 mph11 °C0.5 mm
100 %1004 mb
   ▲07:10   ▼17:07
Sun 16 Feb GMT
HourWindAvg.GustTemp.Rain 3hCloudPress.
00:00
SSW29 mphto48 mph11 °C1.4 mm
100 %1002 mb
03:00
SSW36 mphto59 mph11 °C2 mm
100 %999 mb
06:00
SSW37 mphto60 mph12 °C3.5 mm
100 %995 mb
09:00
SW36 mphto58 mph12 °C5.5 mm
100 %995 mb
12:00
W21 mphto38 mph9 °C2.7 mm
100 %997 mb
15:00
WSW18 mphto37 mph7 °C3.3 mm
100 %998 mb
18:00
SW20 mphto30 mph7 °C2.5 mm
100 %998 mb
21:00
WSW26 mphto43 mph6 °C0 mm
19 %1002 mb
   ▲07:08   ▼17:09
Mon 17 Feb GMT
HourWindAvg.GustTemp.Rain 3hCloudPress.
00:00
WSW28 mphto46 mph6 °C0 mm
0 %1005 mb
03:00
WSW29 mphto47 mph5 °C0 mm
0 %1007 mb
06:00
SW28 mphto46 mph5 °C0 mm
1 %1008 mb
09:00
WSW29 mphto44 mph6 °C0 mm
58 %1009 mb
12:00
WSW25 mphto39 mph7 °C0.3 mm
84 %1011 mb
15:00
WSW22 mphto35 mph8 °C0.4 mm
100 %1011 mb
18:00
WSW23 mphto38 mph6 °C0 mm
7 %1012 mb
21:00
WSW25 mphto38 mph5 °C0 mm
0 %1013 mb

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