Major work to replace Woking's Elm Bridge
A bridge in Surrey will be closed to traffic at the start of next month so it can be demolished and rebuilt.
Elm Bridge in Woking, also known as Kingfield Road Bridge, is expected to be closed for 27 weeks.
The new bridge will have a wider mouth that can cope better during heavy rain, Woking council said.
It said the work was a crucial part of the Hoe Valley Scheme which is set to protect nearly 200 homes from flooding along with a further 60 gardens.
Woking council said there were utility pipes and cables in the current bridge that could not be disconnected or diverted.
Those pipes and cables will be moved to a temporary bridge, while the work on the main structure is carried out.
During the project, traffic diversions will be in place.
The council said it would be working with contractors over the next few weeks to warn people about the closure and advise them about the diversion route.
Councillor John Kingsbury said: "We recognise that the road closure is likely to cause disruption to local people and would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused."