A14 traffic update: Orwell Bridge is closed due to a “police incident,” with a detour in place.
Following a police encounter, the A14 and the Orwell Bridge have been closed.
A lot of emergency agencies are on the scene, causing considerable traffic delays in Ipswich and around Suffolk. Between junction 57 with the A1189 Nacton Road and junction 56 with the A137 Wherstead Road, the bridge was blocked around 5.30 p.m. today.
Both directions are affected, and traffic is backed up on the bridge’s approach.
Ambulances have been seen coming through the jam to attend to the situation, according to drivers stuck in traffic.
The reason for the bridge’s closure was unknown, but police indicated it was due to an ongoing issue.
People should seek an alternate route, according to the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads and Armed Policing Team.
Due to an incident, the #a14 #ipswich #orwellbridge is temporarily closed in both directions.
There are cops on the scene.
Please stay away from the area and choose a different route.
“#a14#ipswich#orwellbridge is currently closed both ways due to an incident,” they tweeted.
“Police are on the scene.
Highways England advised alternative routes, saying, “Please avoid the area and seek an alternative route.”
Hey, it appears that traffic on the Orwell Bridge is piling up – the eastbound travel time is now 31 minutes. Travel time to the west is 69 minutes.
“Delays are likely as the closures approach, with additional journey times predicted on diversion routes,” they said.
“The A1156, A1189, and A1214 through Ipswich are the diversion routes.
“Follow the solid circle diversion symbol westbound. Following the solid triangle diversion symbol eastbound.” Due to Ipswich Town FC’s home game versus Colchester United, traffic around the region has been busier than usual.
Launched roughly twenty-five minutes ago from Harwich, Essex – https://t.co/mqja1dGZ60 Pictures shared on social media show traffic backed up for kilometers.
The delays are predicted to linger until at least 7.30 p.m., so people have left their cars.
The coastguard has been notified, and the RNLI lifeboat from Harwich has been deployed.
“We are sorry to inform you that the Orwell Bridge has been closed by the Police in both directions, this means traffic will build up and our services may face delays as a result,” Ipswich Buses Service Updates tweeted. Orwell Bridge Traffic Alerts reported delays of up to 31 minutes eastbound and around 69 minutes westbound.