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Kingsmead Viaduct

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Kingsmead Viaduct
Location Map ( geo)
Elevated sectionof A10 across the Meads at Ware - Geograph - 322303.jpg
Elevated section of A10 across the Meads at Ware
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Highway Authority
Opening Date
17 August 1976
Additional Information
Bridge Type:  Concrete Bridge
Length:  716m (2349 ft 1 in)
On road(s)
Crossings related to the A10

The Kingsmead Viaduct (sometimes spelt King's Mead or King's Meads Viaduct and also known as the Ware Viaduct) crosses the River Lea Valley on the A10 at Ware, Hertfordshire. Also underneath are numerous footpaths, the Hertford East railway branch line, and the A119. The viaduct is subject to clearway restrictions, as well as a prohibition on pedestrians.


It is constructed as a concrete box girder bridge. The viaduct has 19 separate spans, is 65 ft high at one point, cost £3.6m and used 42,000 tons of concrete. Construction was authorised in July 1973 and the bridge opened to traffic on 17 August 1976. It required demolition of several properites along the A119.

When it was originally constructed, it was as a trunk road; however, in 2006 it was detrunked, with responsibility passing to Hertfordshire County Council.

Major Works/Improvements

In July 2005, work was completed by the Highways Agency to replace expansion joints on the bridge and resurface both carriageways.

Between July and September 2008, work was carried out to replace the bridge parapets over the railway line to bring the bridge up to modern safety standards and also carry out additional barrier replacement and modification work.

In February 2015, an application was made to the Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund for additional funding to completely refurbish the viaduct and drainage systems.



The Gazette

Highways Agency

Hertfordshire County Council


Kingsmead Viaduct
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