Ware and Hertford bypass opens

17th August 1976

Cottages along Ware Road in the path of the new bridge 15.1.1974
Herts Archives (Off Acc 1134)
Cottages after demolition in Ware Road 19.1.
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Cars lining up for the opening
The Book of Ware by Cyril Heath

Traffic congestion in Ware High Street had been a problem for a while and in the 1960s, many old buildings were under threat from the controversial ‘inner relief road’.

Instead, a flyover was planned over the King’s meads.  At 2.5 miles long, the 19 span viaduct is 65ft high at one point, cost £3.6m and used 42,000 tons of concrete.

The contractor was Kier Ltd and work started in November 1973 to a design approved by the Royal Fine Arts Commission.  It was not an easy task due to the soil, the river and the railway. On Tuesday 17th August 1976, it was finally opened by the Chairman of the County Highways Committee, Brian Hall.  According to the Mercury, Ware High Street was ‘becalmed in minutes’

This page was added on 29/06/2016.

Comments about this page

  • I think there is a typo above, the viaduct is 716m, not 2.5 miles long.

    By chris (27/08/2016)

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