Contractors are getting ready to start the next phase of work on a major £355,000 project to restore Clacton’s historic Venetian Bridge.
It will involve using high pressured water jets to remove the failing concrete on the 103-year-old structure.
A propping system is to be put up by the middle of this week and it will then take around two weeks for all the loose material to be removed.
During that period there will be times when the pedestrian walkway underneath the bridge will need to be closed off temporarily for safety reasons.
Mick Skeels, Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, said that he hopes that residents and visitors will be patient during the latest phase.
"Alternative ways of getting down to Clacton Pier and the Lower Promenade on foot are available and clearly marked," he said.
"Throughout most of this project it is going to be possible for pedestrians to access the walkway under the bridge but it will need to be closed off for short periods.
"I hope people will understand the situation and will bear with us while this important work is undertaken."
The initiative is being carried out by Prestec UK and Richard Jackson.
Once the failing concrete has been blasted away the next job will be to protect the reinforcements and carry out the necessary repairs.
That will be followed by removing the top deck surfacing of the bridge which will be replaced with a new waterproof surface. A new drainage system will also be installed.
The Venetian Bridge is a landmark structure in the town and the aim is to restore it to its former glory.
The project is due to be completed in February 2018 in time for the coming season.