Hammersmith Bridge has been closed to southbound traffic for emergency repairs after a loose bolt was discovered.
It is expected to remain closed until Friday (July 17) and bring with it significant woes for drivers and bus passengers.
The bridge was closed unexpectedly late on Friday (July 10) after it was found the vibrations from the incessant vehicle traffic had shaken loose a hanger fixing nut.
“The traffic closure is a safety precaution while we perform an emergency investigation to see if there is any damage to the bridge. However we hope to have the nut back in place and the bridge reopened by Friday,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s cabinet member for environment, transport and residents’ services.
“Obviously this will cause unwanted delays to traffic in the interim, however we need to put the safety of everyone first on what is a very old bridge that was not built to withstand the huge volumes of traffic we have today.
"We will endeavour to get things back to normal as soon as possible with the minimum disruption to residents.”
Motorists are encouraged to use an alternative route if possible.
Essential refurbishment work is likely to close the bridge to motor traffic in summer 2016. The work will include a stronger replacement deck, resurfacing work, replacement electrics and a full coat of paint.