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Incredible pictures show demolition of Swavesey A14 bridge

The A14 has been closed over the weekend to allow Highways England to demolish the bridge at Swavesey as part of the junction upgrade.

Photos taken with a drone show seven diggers ripping the bridge apart at the same time, creating a huge mess of rubble on the road.

A man can also be seen spraying water from a hose onto the bridge, which demolition crews do to reduce the amount of dust created by the works, although clouds of dust can be seen on the other side of the bridge.

Crews put down protective matting to stop rubble and the diggers from damaging the road surface during the demolition.

The new bridge linking Swavesey to Boxworth opened to traffic last weekend (November 10/11).

A stretch of the A14 was completely closed on Saturday (November 17) and part of yesterday (November 18 ) for the demolition.

During the closure, drivers were diverted to take the A1198 and then the A428 when heading eastbound, and follow this route in reverse when heading westbound.

The closure was due to last all weekend, but it reopened on Sunday morning – 20 hours ahead of schedule.

The road closure also ended up creating some long delays for some drivers on Saturday. The diverted traffic was sent through Bar Hill and some shoppers at Bar Hill Tesco claim they were trapped in the car park for over 45 minutes because of the diversion.

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Watch the video above to see how the new bridge was put in place earlier this year.