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Planned roadworks in the East of England: weekly summary for Monday 5 to Sunday 11 October 2015

Planned new and ongoing roadworks over the coming week.

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The following information summarises the work being carried out this coming week. It is correct as of the above date but could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.

New work

Event - Great Eastern Run, A47 junction 19, Peterborough: slip road closures

The Great Eastern Run will take place in Peterborough on 11 October. During the run, the slip roads at junction 19 of the A47 (at Fulbridge Road) will be closed. Traffic wishing to access or exit the A47 will be able to do so at the next junction.

Ongoing work

A1 junction 17 to A43 interchange: drainage surveys

Work to carry out drainage surveys on the northbound and southbound A1 between junction 17 and A43 interchange continues. The work is carried out between 9pm and 6am weeknights only and is planned to be completed by the end of October 2015. During the work there will be a combination of lane 1 and 2 closures along the A1.

M1 junction 8 to 9, Hertfordshire: overhead message signs upgrade

Work to carry out some upgrades on the overhead message signs on the M1 in both directions between junctions 8 and 9, near Hemel Hempstead, is continuing. The work is carried out weeknights only from 10pm to 5am. During the work, there will be the following overnight lane closures:

  • 5 to 7 October southbound lane closures

We are building a new 2.9 mile, 2 lane dual carriageway running from north of Dunstable and joining the M1 at a new junction 11a, south of Chalton. Main construction started in March 2015.

Work on the M1

We have started work on the new M1 junction. The traffic management, including safety barriers, signs, CCTV and average speed cameras, will stay in place throughout the junction construction work, which will be carried out in phases and should be finished in spring 2017 as the scheme nears completion. There will also be overnight lane closures when required, which will be clearly signed.

Work on the A5

On the A5, travelling from the A505, roundabout traffic has been realigned and now runs on the east side of the carriageway on one lane in each direction to allow for embankment work. In addition, there are 3 way traffic lights at the A5/A505 roundabout, north of Dunstable, weeknights only between 8pm and 6am, to allow construction of the western verge for a cycleway and footway.

Work on local roads

On Sundon Road and Luton Road (B579) there will be 2 way traffic lights weekdays only between 9.30am and 3.30pm.

The B579 Luton Road Bridge (over the M1) is now permanently closed and road users are using the new road layout that is signed.

A section of Sundon Road (near to existing railway bridge for the Luton to Bedford line) will be closed from 8pm on Friday 9 October to 6am Monday 12 October to complete preparation works for the future junction roundabout. Access for residents only will be maintained from the junction of Sundon Park Road and a clearly signed diversion will be in place.

Work on the major improvement is due to complete in spring 2017. For more information, visit the scheme page

A138 Chelmer Village, Chelmsford, Essex: Chelmer Viaduct replacement

Work to rebuild the viaduct at Chelmer on the A138 started on 17 March 2015. The major improvement work on the Chelmer Viaduct in Chelmsford will take approximately 18 months to complete. Construction of the access road for the viaduct construction traffic is now complete and the pier and abutment construction is well advanced.

The installation of structural steel beams to support the new viaduct is due to start soon. More details will be published next week.All site work is carried out off-line so daytime traffic is not affected. For further details visit the scheme page.

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Published 2 October 2015