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Planned roadworks in the East of England: weekly summary for Monday 16 to Sunday 22 January 2017

Summary of work being carried out this 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. All our improvement work is carried out with the aim of causing as little disruption as possible.

New work

M1 Hemel Hempstead: slip road repairs

Highways England will be repairing the road surface of the southbound entry slip road of the M1 at junction 8 (M1/A414 Junction) near Hemel Hempstead. They will complete this work overnight between Monday 16 and Wednesday 18 January, working between 10pm and 6am. The Southbound entry slip road to the M1/A414 will be closed during this time.

Motorway traffic will be diverted to enter the M1 northbound to travel to junction 9, before diverting off at the junction and returning southbound on the M1 to junction 8.

Non-Motorway traffic wishing to use the A414 link will be diverted from the A414/A4147 roundabout at Hemel Hempstead, East towards St Albans, heading South East at King Harry Lane. From here the diversion continues south onto A5183 Watling Street until the diversion ends at the A5183/A414/A405 Park Street roundabout.

M1: road surface repairs

Highways England will be repairing the road surface on the M1 between junctions 10 (Luton) and 11(Dunstable) northbound and between junctions 14 (Milton Keynes) and 15 (Northampton).This will be done using lane closures while we are working, between 11pm and 5am, from Monday 16 and Friday 20 January.

A12 Renumbering Scheme

On Monday 16th January we are starting a scheme to renumber part of the A12 to become the A47. This work is being carried out as part of the improvements to the A47/A12 corridor. We will be replacing road signs that currently show the A12 to now show the A47. The work will last approximately 12 weeks to complete.

The A12 will have Southbound lane closures between Stirupps Lane and Market Lane to installing sign foundations from 20th January to 24th January between 20:00 and 0600.

The A12 will have Southbound and Northbound Closures at Rackhams Corner and Stirrups Lane to install sign foundations from 18th January – 19th January between 20:00 and 0600.

The A12 Station Road will have two way traffic signals North of the junction with Middleton Road to install sign foundations from 16th January – 17th January between 09:30 and 15:30.

The A12 Friday Street near the junction of the A1094 will have lane closure to install sign foundations from 17th January – 18th January between 19:00 and 07:00.

The A12 Blythburgh will have multiple phase signals to install sign foundations, from 16th January – 17th January between 09:30 and 15:30.

Tower Road Lowestoft will have two way traffic signals to install sign foundation from 17th January – 18th January between 09:30 and 15:30.

The A12 Bloodmoor Road in Lowestoft will have two way signals to install sign patches from 16th January – 17th January between 19:00 and07:00.

A12/A120: traffic light repairs

Highways England will be repairing the traffic lights at the junction of the A12 and A120 at Crown Interchange. This will be done using a westbound slip lane closure while we are working, between 8pm and 6am overnight on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 January.

A120 Great Bromley: road surface repairs

Highways England will be repairing the road surface of the A120 near Great Bromley. They will complete this work overnight between Monday 16 and Saturday 21 January, working between 8pm and 6am on weeknights only.

To keep road users at a safe distance from the works, we will close the A120 westbound between the Harwich Road junction (shortly before the A133 Hare Green Interchange) and the A12/A120 Crown Interchange at Colchester. The westbound carriageway of the A133/A120 link road will also be closed during our works.

There will be a clearly signed diversion route in place while we are working, whereby drivers heading westbound will: Exit at Horsley Cross Roundabout and take the B1035 south through Tendring, then, take the B1033 west towards Weeley, then take the A133 west towards Colchester, then, take the A1232 north towards Ipswich to re-join the A120 at the A12 Crown Interchange.

Drivers who miss the Tendring diversion will be turned around at the A120/Little Bromley Road and A120/Harwich Road junctions to pick up the strategic diversion route at Horsley Cross roundabout.

Ongoing work

Various roads: routine inspections and maintenance for street lighting

Highways England is carrying out a programme of routine inspections of electrical and structural equipment across the region, which is planned for completion in spring 2017.

In addition there is a programme of maintenance which includes bulk lamp changes. Work will include inspecting equipment on:

  • the A5 with no impact on road users
  • the A12 between Ipswich and the M25 with no impact on road users
  • the A120 between Marks Tey and Stansted with no impact on road users

Work will include maintenance and bulk lamp changes on the A1 between Sandy and Biggleswade with traffic management but no full closures.

Various roads: barrier repairs

Highways England will continue repairs to barriers throughout the week, using lane closures to keep road users at a safe distance from the work. The work will take place at various locations, between 8pm and 5am. This week we are repairing barriers on the M11 in both directions from Monday 9 16 to Friday 13 20January overnight, using lane closures while we are working between junctions 6 (M25) and 9 (A11). We are also repairing barriers on the A120 in both directions, between junction 8 with the M11 and Braintree (Marks Farm).

Various roads: litter picking and sweeping

Highways England will continue litter picking throughout the week on the M11. This will be done using a mobile slow-moving hard shoulder or lane closure. Work will also include sweeping the hard shoulder of the M11 during the day while we litter pick between junctions 6 (M25) and 9 (A11).

M11 and A120: structures maintenance

Highways England are carrying out routine maintenance work on bridges crossing the M11 between junctions 6 (M25) and 9 (A11) in both directions. They will also be doing similar work on the A120, between junction 8 with the M11 and Braintree (Marks Farm). These will be done during the day, with the hard shoulder closed while we are working.

M11 and A120 Stansted Airport: pothole filling

Highways England will be filling in potholes on the M11 between junctions 8 (Stansted Airport – Bishop’s Stortford) and 9 (A11) in both directions, and on the A120 between Braintree and junction 8 of the M11. This will be done using lane and hard shoulder closures while we are working, between 8.30pm and 6am, from Monday 16 to Friday 20 January.

M11: routine maintenance

Highways England will be doing routine maintenance of structures and technology boxes along the M11 during the day. These will be done with a hard shoulder closure, taking place between junctions 6 (M25) and 9 (A11).

Highways England is building a new 2.9-mile, two-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 is progressing well. The traffic management, including hard shoulder closures, safety barriers, signs, CCTV and average speed cameras, will stay in place throughout the construction work, which will be carried out in phases and should be finished in spring 2017.

Work on the M1

This week there will be M1 lane closures between junctions 10 and 13 from Monday 16 to Saturday 21 January between 10pm to 6am for overhead gantry works.

Work on the A5 and local roads

This week there will be traffic lights overnight on the A5-A505 between 8pm and 6am for safety barrier installation and construction of a new footpath works. There will be off-peak temporary traffic lights on local roads and A5 between 9.30am and 3.30pm for verge and safety barrier work.

Cycle improvements schemes in Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk and Bedfordshire

Work is substantially completed on the building or improving of cycle paths at 16 locations across the East of England including on the A12, A120, A47 and A5.

The work included the installation of new and upgraded shared-use foot/cycle ways and toucan crossing facilities. The new or improved paths will make it safer and easier to cycle on or around major A-roads and will improve connections with the local and national cycle network.

The project is part of a country-wide initiative which will see Highways England deliver 200 projects over the next five years after the government set up a £100 million dedicated fund for cycling in its Road Investment Strategy.

Ongoing work for this week

A12 Lowestoft – Station Road/Gunton St/Peters Avenue. There will be off peak three way lights to remove existing lighting columns and upgrading footpath works.

A14 Bury St Edmunds: junction improvements

Improvement works are being carried out on the A14 Junction 45 Rookery Crossroads/Rougham. Works include construction of new eastbound slip roads, which are being funded by Suffolk County Council as part of the Bury St Edmunds Eastern Relief Road scheme. There is a 24 hour 40mph speed limit in place through the works for safety reasons, works are currently taking place overnight using lane closures in both directions. The works are due to take 5 months to complete.

A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire: major improvements

Early preparatory construction work on the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon scheme has been underway for a number of months and main construction work is now underway.

We are carrying out a variety of tasks which will require us to close lanes / carriageway on the A1, A14 and some of the side roads.

The work we will be doing will include:

  • installing access points to our construction compounds
  • taking core samples of the existing trunk roads to enable appropriate design and construction
  • clearing the site of vegetation which is adjacent to the live carriageway

Wherever possible, work will take place at night (usually between 8pm and 6am) to minimise disruption to traffic. During the week commencing 16th January 2017 Lane or carriageway closures are currently planned for the following locations to enable site clearance to take place.

All closures will be effective between 8pm and 6 am.

Full closures

Monday 16th January to Friday 20th January inclusive)

Full Closure of the A1 Northbound between Brampton Hut & Alconbury

A1 Northbound Brampton Hut exit slip road Closed

A1 Northbound Alconbury entry slip road Closed

Wednesday 18th January

M11 Northbound Junction 14 exit slip road closed

A14 Westbound Junction 31 exit slip road closed

Lane Closures

Monday 16th January

A1 Northbound between Buckden & Brampton, lane 2 closed

A14 Eastbound between Junction 28 & Junction 31 lane 1 closed

A14 Westbound between Junction 31 & Junction 28, lanes 1 & 2 Closed

Tuesday 17th January 2017

A1 Northbound between Buckden & Brampton, lane 2 closed

A14 Eastbound between Junction 28 & Junction 31, lane 1 closed

A428 Eastbound between Dry Drayton & Girton, lane 1 closed

Wednesday 18th January

A1 N/B between Buckden & Brampton, lane 2 closed

A14 Eastbound between Junction 28 & Junction 31, lane 1 closed

A428 Eastbound between Dry Drayton & Girton, lane 1 closed

A14 Westbound Junction 31 entry slip road, lane 1 closed

M11 Northbound between Junction13 & Junction14, lane 1 closed

A1307 Outbound (From Cambridge) Lane 1 Closed

Thursday 19th January

A1 Northbound between Buckden & Brampton, lane 2 closed

A14 Westbound J31 entry slip road, lane 1 closed M11 Northbound between Junction13 & Junction 14 lane 1 closed

Friday 20th January

A1 N/B between Buckden & Brampton, lane 2 closed

A14 Westbound Junction 31 entry slip road, lane 1 closed

M11 Northbound between Junction 13 & Junction 14, lane 1 closed

A14 Junction 28 Overbridge, 2 Way traffic lights in operation

A14 Westbound Junction 28, entry slip road closed.

A14 Cambridgeshire: drainage repairs

Highways England is undertaking investigations and repairs to the drainage system of the A14 between junctions 32 (Girton – M11 interchange) and 35 (Stoke cum Quy). They will be working off the road during the day clearing vegetation and re-profiling drainage ditches. There will be lane closures and slip road closures between 8pm and 6am while we are working overnight, with all works on weekdays only.

This week we are working on the A14 in both directions with the inside lane closed between junctions 34 and 35.

A47 Swaffham: resurfacing

Highways England will be repairing the road surface of the A47 at Swaffham. They will complete this work between Wednesday 11 and Tuesday 24 January, working between 8pm and 6am on weeknights only.

To keep road users at safe distance from works, we will close the A47 between the Lynn Road slip roads and Norwich Road Roundabout in both directions.

Traffic light control will also be required on the A1065 Castle Acre Road.

There will be a clearly signed diversion route in place while we are working, whereby drivers heading westbound will: Exit the A47 at the A11 Thickthorn Interchange and take the A11 south towards Thetford, then, take the A134 north towards King’s Lynn, then, take the A1122 west towards Downham Market, then, take the A10 north to re-join the A47 at King’s Lynn.

Drivers heading eastbound will follow this diversion in reverse. Access into and out of Swaffham will be maintained via the A1065, Castle Acre Road, Norwich Road and Lynn Road.

A47 Dogsthorpe: junction improvements (Peterborough City Council)

Peterborough City Council is continuing its junction improvement work at the A47/A15 Dogsthorpe junction, Peterborough. The work will involve some overnight full closure and 24/7 lane closures on the A47. For more information, visit their website.

A120 and A12 Essex: essential maintenance work

We are completing essential maintenance work on the A120 and the A12 in Essex, which will be ongoing until May. This work will include resurfacing, safety barrier repairs, and bridge repairs, with work taking place between Braintree and Marks Tey, near Colchester, at Kelvedon, and at Wix. Unless detailed otherwise, work will be taking place between 8pm and 6am.

This week we are starting work on Monday 16 January.

We are resurfacing the road and footpaths and replacing street lights, fencing and road signs on the A120 from Monday 16 January and will be on going until May. During this time various traffic management arrangements will be in place. From Monday 16 – Friday 19th works will take place under traffic light in Marks Tey, Coggleshall and in Bradwell.

Repairing drainage on the A120 Wix bypass, with work expected to be completed by late April. There will be traffic lights in place and a 40mph speed limite while we are working.

Replacing the central reservation safety barrier on the A120 between junction 29 of the A12 (Crown Interchange) to Hare Green (between the B1029 and the A133). There will be narrow lanes westbound with a 50mph limit in place in both directions 24/7 throughout the works until mid-March.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

Media enquiries

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Published 17 January 2017