Storm Dennis: High winds to close Orwell Bridge

Orwell Bridge, Ipswich Image copyright Sky Cam East
Image caption The Orwell Bridge, which serves road traffic for the Port of Felixstowe, is expected to close for 16 hours from Saturday afternoon

Storm Dennis is expected to close a major A-road bridge for about 16 hours as high winds are predicted.

Highways England said it would start closing Orwell Bridge about 14:00 GMT.

The government agency said this would ensure motorists were safely clear by the time Storm Dennis hit Suffolk at about 15:00 GMT.

It said the wind was "likely to breach safe limits". The bridge was closed for 17 hours between 02:00 to 19:00 the previous Sunday, when Storm Ciara hit.

A diversion will be in place via the A1156, A1189 and A1214 through Ipswich.

"Drivers making journeys across the region should be aware of sudden gusts of wind and give high-sided vehicles, caravans, motorbikes, and bicycles plenty of space," a spokesman said.

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