Tower Bridge is to be closed to road traffic for 12 weeks from 1 October 2016 in order for contractor BAM Nuttall to carry out essential structural maintenance works. These works, which have been coordinated with Transport for London (the highway authority for Tower Bridge) over several years, involve replacement and remediation of the timber decking to the lifting spans (bascules), re-painting of exposed bascule steel, replacement of expansion joints, waterproofing of the approach viaduct arches (on both shores) and widespread resurfacing works. Whilst the approach waterproofing and other structural works dictate the programme duration for the closure, advantage is being taken to carry out other works at the same time, to mitigate against future closures and make best use of the closures agreed. These include replacement of traffic and navigation lights and planned maintenance of key mechanical components to the bascule. Officers from the Engineering Team in Built Environment have been working closely with Transport for London Press and Communications teams, in addition to the City of London Corporation Media team, on a coordinated strategy for informing local residents, businesses and the travelling public in the coming weeks and through construction. This will include public drop-in sessions in advance of the works and letter drops. Further details are also to be provided on the City of London and the Tower Bridge Exhibition websites.