M1 motorway closed at Watford due to fire

By The Helpful Engineer / On / In Infrastructure


Fire under M1 bridge

At first thought, you might think it would be hard to close a motorway for days because of a fire. But not, it turns out, when the fire occurs beneath the motorway. On Friday a fire occurred in a scrap yard which was located under a bridge of the M1 motorway at Watford, North London, in England. The fire was severe and damaged the bridge supporting the motorway. As a result the motorway was closed last weekend. This caused serious traffic congestion. The motorway has now partially reopened, while inspections and repairs are carried out. The bridge has been damaged and it will be propped to safeguard it against collapse while inspections and repairs are carried out. In hindsight allowing a scrap yard below one of the most important motorways in the UK was a mistake.

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