Press release

Planned roadworks in the East of England: weekly summary for Monday 17 August – Sunday 23 August 2015

Planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week.

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

A1/A47 Wansford, Peterborough: junction improvements

Work to make improvements to the junction where the A1 meets the A47 at Wansford near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, by installing traffic signals on the existing roundabout and widening local approach roads, is substantially finished. We are carrying out some finishing works during the week starting 17 August, which will require night time lane closures.

For more information, visit the scheme page.

A14 Ellington, Huntingdon, Cambridge: bridge survey

Work to survey the bridge where the A14 passes Ellington in Cambridgeshire will take place for one night on Monday 17 August. This survey will assess the necessary refurbishment work, which will take place later this year. The work will take place between 8pm and 6am and during the work there will be a lane closure past the works.

A120, Wix bypass: resurfacing

Works to resurface a section of the A120 Wix bypass between Horsley Cross and Ramsey will begin on 17 August and last for up to two weeks. The project will be carried out overnight and involves improving 3.4 miles (5.5km) of road surface in both directions by the village of Wix. The work will be carried out weeknights only between 10pm and 4am until 28 August.

While the road is being resurfaced, both eastbound and westbound carriageways will be closed between B1035 roundabout (Horsley Cross) and B1352 roundabout (Ramsey).

Eastbound traffic will be diverted via the B1035 and B1352. Westbound traffic will be diverted via B1352, B1414, B1033 and B1035.

Ongoing work

A1(M) J6, Welwyn: junction improvements

Work to improve the junction at A1(M) junction 6 is continuing. Work will take place on weeknights between 10pm and 5am and during the work there will be 24 hour hard shoulder closures and overnight lane closures past the works.

M1 southbound junction15, Northampton to junction 13, Bedford: surveys

Work to carry out drainage and pavement surveys on the southbound M1 between junctions 15 and 13 will continue from Monday 17 August. The work will be carried out between 9pm and 6am on weeknights and is planned to be completed by the end of August. During the work there will be a hard shoulder and lane 1 closure.

We are 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.

We have started work on the new junction on the M1. Three lanes will remain open on each carriageway during the work, with traffic running on the hard shoulder and lanes 1 and 2. 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 signposted.

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.

From 17 August, we will have three-way traffic lights at the A5/A505 roundabout, north of Dunstable, to allow construction of the western verge for a cycleway and footway. And on Sundon Road and Luton Road (B579) there will be two-way traffic signals Monday to Friday between the hours of 9.30am and 3.30pm.

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

A14 Girton to Histon (junctions 31 to 32): lane gain scheme

Work to improve slip roads onto the M11 and A14 and to add an additional lane on the A14 in each direction between Girton and Histon was completed on Friday 10 April, with all three lanes in both directions now open with a reduced speed limit of 50mph.

We are carrying out some finishing off works, which include landscaping, street lighting and fully resurfacing the road between junctions 31 and 32.

Between Saturday 15 and Friday 21 August, the eastbound A14 between junctions 31 and 32 and westbound access at both junctions 36 and 32 will be closed overnight between 8pm and 6am. For details of the scheme, 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 and piling platforms for the pier construction has now started. All site work will be carried out off-line and daytime traffic will not be affected.

Investigative work on the existing viaduct will be carried out overnight from Monday 17 August 2015 until Friday 21 August 2015, between 8pm and 6am.

During the work, there will be lane closures with temporary, two-way traffic lights.

For further details of the scheme, visit the scheme page.

Highways England is working with the industry and road users to reduce the risks of working on the roads. For the safety of road workers and all road users, when you are approaching roadworks:

  • keep within the speed limit – it is there for your safety
  • get into the correct lane in good time – don’t keep switching
  • concentrate on the road ahead, not the roadworks
  • be alert for works’ traffic leaving or entering roadworks
  • keep a safe distance – there could be queues in front
  • observe all signs – they are there to help you

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