Yarmouth Bridge. Picture by Steve Baker.
YARMOUTH Bridge is set to shut for several days at the end of march, for annual maintenance.
The work includes replacing four wheels integral to the opening and closing mechanism, which are reaching the end of their working life, according to Island Roads.
The bridge will be closed from 8am on Monday, March 27, and is scheduled to be reopen at 5pm on Saturday, April 1.
The usual diversion during bridge maintenance will be in place, via A3054 Bridge Road, River Road, Tennyson Road and Bouldnor Road, B3401 Thorley Road, Wilmingham Lane, B3399 Newport Road, A3055 Afton Road, School Green Road, Tennyson Road and The Avenue, A3054 Colwell Road, Hill Lane and Halletts Shute.
Light traffic up to 6ft 6in in width can also use Hooke Hill, Copse Lane and Pixley Hill.
Pedestrian access will be maintained during the project.
Victoria Keefe, Island Roads structures engineer, said: "We realise that this work will have an impact on road users but it is impossible to perform the maintenance and replace the wheels without a full closure.
"Keeping on top of maintenance and by replacing the necessary parts now will also help to reduce the likelihood of any future problems."