The Millennium Bridge will close for three days during March whilst part of the decking is removed to allow a structural inspection.
The Corporation of London says that all highway structures are inspected regularly and the Millennium Bridge – now almost five years old – is due for its first general inspection.
General Inspections require a detailed visual inspection of all accessible areas to report on the condition of the structure. It is not usually necessary to close a structure to complete an inspection, however for the Millennium Bridge there is the need to inspect the various retrofitted dampers installed to counteract the infamous wobble.
To inspect these dampers, sections of the bridge deck have to be removed. These deck sections span the complete width of the bridge which necessitates the closure.
The Corporation says that it will take advantage of the enforced closure to undertake a bulk lamp change and additional cleaning and washing of deck areas.
The bridge will be closed 10am-4pm between 15 and 17 March.