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Planned roadworks in the East of England: weekly summary for Monday 18 July to Sunday 24 July 2016

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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

A1(M): maintenance

We are carrying out maintenance work along the A1(M) between Huntingdon and Peterborough. This includes sweeping, drainage clearing, litter picking, re-painting white lines, vegetation clearance, lighting maintenance and repair works. There will be overnight closures while we are working between 9pm and 6am. A 50mph speed limit remains in place southbound between the Sawtry Toll Flyover and the Alconbury Interchange. We expect to complete this work by Monday 15 August.

This week we are working on the A14(M) southbound from junction 14 (Alconbury) to the A14 (end of motorway). Drivers will be diverted to remain on the A1(M), leave at junction 21 (Brampton Hut) and follow the A14 eastbound to junction 23 (Spittals Interchange), where they can re-join the A1(M).

We are working on the A1(M) southbound from junction 14 (Alconbury) to the end of the A1(M). Drivers will be diverted to take the A14(M) and then the A14, exiting at junction 23 (Spittals Interchange), heading to junction 21 (Brampton Hut) to re-join the A1 southbound.

We are working on the A1(M) southbound at junction 15 (Sawtry) to the end of the A1(M). Drivers will be diverted to take the B1043 adjacent to the A1(M), either joining the A14 southbound there or continuing to Alconbury to join the A1 southbound.

We are working on the A14(M) southbound entry and exit slip roads at Rusts Lane, and the A1(M) southbound entry slip road at junction 15 (Sawtry). Drivers will be diverted to take the B1043 southbound to Alconbury, then the A1 to Brampton Hut, exiting onto the A14 and heading eastbound to junction 23 (Spittals Interchange), where they can re-join the A1(M).

A12 Margaretting: electronic message sign renewal

We are replacing the electronic message sign on the A12 between junctions 14 and 15, near Margaretting. We will be working between 10pm and 6am. The A12 northbound between the two junctions will be closed while we are working on Friday 22 July. There will be a clearly signed diversion route in place whereby drivers will exit at junction 14, take the B1002 towards Margaretting, then the A1016 (A12 Colchester/A414 Harlow) to re-join A12 at junction 15 to continue their journey.

A12 Boreham – electronic message sign renewal

We are replacing the electronic message sign near Boreham on the A12 between junctions 20B and 19. We will be working between 10pm and 6am. The A12 southbound will be closed between junctions 20B (Hatfield Peverel) and 19 (Boreham) while we are working on Friday 22 July, along with the entry slip road at J20A. There will be a clearly signed diversion route in place whereby drivers will exit at J20B and continue along the B1137 to re-join the A12 at junction 19 to continue their journey.

M1 Milton Keynes: bridge inspections

We are carrying out inspections on the M1 in both directions at junctions 12 (Toddington) and 13 (Brogborough). These will be done using lane closures while we are working, between 9pm and 5am. On Monday 18 July the hard shoulder, left-hand lane and middle lane will be closed while we are working, and on Tuesday 19 July the middle lane and right-hand lane will be closed.

A12 Colchester: technology works

We are replacing technology loops, which measure traffic volumes and set traffic lights, on the A12 between Kelvedon and Colchester.

We will be working between 10pm and 5am this week on the southbound exit slip road at junction 24 (Kelvedon north) on Monday 18 July, with the slip road closed while we are working. Drivers looking to exit the A12 will be diverted to continue to junction 22, where they will exit and take the B1389 towards Witham, marking two right turns to join the northbound entry slip road to the A12 and head back to junction 24.

We will be working on the northbound exit slip of the A12 at junction 23 (Kelvedon south) on Tuesday 19 July, with the slip road closed while we are working. Drivers looking to exit the A12 will be diverted to continue to junction 25 (Marks Tey – A120), where they will exit and return south to leave the A12 at junction 24 (Kelvedon north).

We will be working on the A12 southbound between the entry and exit slip roads at junction 26 (A1124 – Colchester west) on Wednesday 20 July, with this section of road closed while we are working. Drivers will be diverted to exit at junction 23, taking the roundabout over the works and re-joining the A12 on the far side of the closure.

Ongoing work

Various roads: barrier repairs

We will continue repairs to crash 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 including along the A11 from Thetford to Norwich between Monday 18 and Friday 22 July, working between 8pm and 5am. We will also be working to complete barrier repairs on the M11 between junctions 6 (M25) and 9 (A11).

Various roads: litter picking and sweeping

We will continue litter picking throughout the week on the A1(M), the M1 and the M11 between junctions 6 (M25) and 9 (A11). These will be done using a mobile slow-moving hard shoulder or lane closure. We will also be sweeping the hard shoulder of the M11 during the day, and the central reservation at night.

M11: routine maintenance

We will be doing routine maintenance of structures and technology boxes along the M11 during the day. There will be no impact on road users.

M11 and A12: inspections

We are continuing to do inspections throughout the week. There will be lanes closed while we are working overnight.

M11: pothole repair and debris collections

We are continuing to repair potholes and collecting debris overnight throughout the week along the M11, between junctions 6 (M25) and 9 (A11). This will be done using a mobile slow-moving lane closure.

M11 and A120 Stansted Airport: road repairs

We are repairing embankments on the M11 as part of a wider package of works which included resurfacing on M11 and A120 and putting in new signs, that commenced earlier this year. The package of works should be completed in October. Most of our work will be between 7am and 5pm, with a hard shoulder closure and temporary speed limit in place.

This week we are repairing an embankment on the M11 northbound at junction 6 (M25), working during the day to remove the embankment and then reconstruct it by replacing the material. This will make the embankment more secure and reduce the risk of flooding. We expect to complete this in August. The hard shoulder is closed and there is a 50mph limit in place where we are working.

We are repairing an embankment on the M11 at junction 7 (Harlow). During the work, the hard shoulder is closed at this location and there are narrow lanes and a 50mph limit.

We are repairing an embankment on the M11 at junction 8 (Stansted). The hard shoulder is closed at junction 8 with a 50mph limit in place while we are working. We expect this work to take around three months to complete.

M11 and A14 Cambridgeshire: improvements

A package of work to carry out resurfacing, safety barrier renewal, bridge repairs, embankment repairs, replacing and installing new signs, repairing damaged kerbs and replacing road markings on the A14 and M11 in Cambridgeshire, has started and will continue until early August. The work is part of Highways England’s commitment to improve safety and ensure better journey experiences across the East region’s busiest roads.

You can stay informed of latest closures and works on our website.

We are currently replacing bridge joints on the A14 westbound at the Huntingdon Rail Viaduct.

This week the work will involve closing the A14 westbound between junctions 23 (Godmanchester) and 24 (Spittals Interchange) from Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 July. Traffic will be diverted on to the A1198 to Caxton, then onto the A428 to Wyboston, and onto the A1 northbound to re-join the A14 at Brampton Hut.

We are currently working on the A14 eastbound at junction 31 (Girton), completing surfacing and pavement tactile replacement.

This week work will involve the left hand lane closed on the A14 eastbound from junction 30 (Oakington) to 31 (Girton), with the A14 east to east link closed from Monday 18 to Friday 22 July. Traffic will be diverted onto the M11 southbound to junction 12 (A603 – Cambridge) then on to the M11 northbound to junction 14 (Girton) onto the A14 eastbound. Non-motorway traffic will be diverted onto the A1307 Huntingdon Road, then onto the B1049 Cambridge/Histon Road to the A14 junction 32 (Histon).

We are currently replacing the crash barrier on the A14 westbound at junction 32 (Histon).

This week work will involve the A14 westbound closed between the junction 32 (Histon) exit and entry slip roads from Monday 18 to Friday 22 July. Traffic will be diverted up the junction 32 (Histon) exit slip road onto the roundabout and back down to re-join the A14 on the far side at the same junction.

We are currently replacing the crash barrier on the A14 east and westbound between junction 31 (Girton) and 34 (Milton).

This week work will involve cClosing lane two eastbound on the A428/A14 from junction 31(Girton) to 33 (Impington) and westbound from junction 34 (Milton) to 32 (Histon) from Wednesday 20 to Friday 22 July.

M40: visual messaging signs repairs

We are continuing to repair signs along the M40. This work will involve closing lanes and the hard shoulder between 9pm and 5am while we are working.

M40: maintenance

We are carrying out maintenance work along the M40 from junction 1 (Uxbridge, London) to 15 (Warwick). This includes sweeping, drainage clearing, litter picking, re-painting white lines, vegetation clearance, lighting maintenance and repair works. There will be overnight closures while we are working between 10pm and 6am.

This week we are working on the M40 southbound between junction 10 (A43 Ardley) and 11 (A422 Banbury) on Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 July, and northbound between Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 July with the hard shoulder closed while we are working.

We are working on the M40 northbound exit slip and entry roads at junction 2 (A435 Beaconsfield) on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July. Drivers will be diverted to continue on the M40 to the next junction, exit and return to junction 2.

A5 Milton Keynes: barrier replacement

We will soon be replacing the crash barrier in central reservation everywhere it protects bridge piers along the A5 as it passes through Milton Keynes. Currently there are just layby closures in place as we prepare for the main works.

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.

Work on the M1

We have started work on the new M1 junction and bridges. The traffic management, including hard shoulder closures, 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 and local roads

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. Overnight three way traffic lights will be on A5/A505 between 8pm and 6pm.

There will be two-way, off-peak traffic lights occasionally in place for day-time work on the B579 Luton Rd near Vauxhall and into Chalton village.

There will be two-way, off-peak traffic lights occasionally in place for day-time work on the A5120 between Thorn Road and Tebworth Road.

There will be three-way, off-peak traffic lights overnight from Monday 18 July to Friday 22 on the A5/A505. There will be lane closures on the M1 northbound between junctions 12-13 on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 for gantry inspections.

There will be lane closures on the M1 southbound between junctions 13-12 on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 for gantry inspections.

Cycle improvements schemes in Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk and Bedfordshire

We are building or improving cycle paths at 17 locations across the East of England including on the A12, A120, A47 and A5. The work includes 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 – High Street / Old Nelson

Minor snagging works will take place this week at Artillery Way / Old Nelson street/ High Street. We will need to return at a later date with UK Power Network to complete the signal work and resurface related sections. Minor traffic management will remain in place at the signals until all work is completed. The existing controlled pedestrian crossing was removed and replaced with a realigned crossing along High Street, including the installation of new signage, surfacing and pavements to its approaches.

A12 Lowestoft Camden Street / High Street

Minor snagging works will take place this week. Only minor traffic management will be required and delays unlikely. We will need to return at a later date with UK Power Network to complete the signal work and resurface sections. We are currently working with UK Power Network to programme this. The work included the installation of a new toucan crossing and localised widening of the existing eastern and western footways, as well as installation of new kerbs, street lighting and signage.

A12 Lowestoft – Gunton Church Lane / Hollingsworth

Works to the existing eastern and western footpaths on A12 Yarmouth Road between Gunton Church Lane and Hollingsworth Road has been completed as much as possible. We will have to return at a later date with UK Power Network to finish electrical elements and minor resurfacing. The work included the installation of a new toucan crossing and localised widening of the existing eastern and western footways, operations include full depth construction, installation of new kerbs, street lighting, signage, surfacing and lining to its approaches.

A12 Witham to Marks Tey

Works to the existing northern footpath on the A12 between Witham & Marks Tey and A1304 is nearing completion. Minor snagging works are to be carried. It is expected works will continue until late July. The existing northern footpath is being widened and operations include full depth reconstruction and the installation of new kerbs, signage, fencing, resurfacing and lining.

A12 Katwijk Way – St Peters Street

The main work to the existing eastern and western footpaths on Katwijk Way and St Peters Street between St Peters Street Roundabout and Clapham Road Central are complete. Only minor finishing work is to be carried out and final lining. Minor traffic management will be required and delays unlikely. The work included the upgrade of the existing controlled pedestrian crossing on St Peters Street to a toucan crossing, widening of the southern footway, widening of the footway around the southern end of the roundabout, and installation of a new footpath to the eastern verge on Katwijk Way.

A12 Lowestoft – Jubilee Way

The main work to the existing western and northern arm of the Jubilee Way St Peters Street Roundabout is complete. Minor snagging works will take place this week. We will need to return at a later date with UK Power Network to finish electrical elements and minor resurfacing. The work included the widening of the existing western footpath and the installation of a new toucan crossing on the northern arm of the roundabout. Operations include full depth construction, installation of new kerbs, paving, street lighting, signage, and resurfacing and road markings to the approaches.

A12 Lowestoft – Station Road/Gunton St/Peters Avenue

Work prior to UK Power Network undertaking electrical work to the eastern footpath on A12 Yarmouth Road between Station Road and St Peters Street is almost complete. Some resurfacing work will be carried out next week. We will need to return at a later date with UK Power Network to finish electrical elements and minor resurfacing.

The overall work includes the removal of the existing anti-parking measures along the eastern footpath. Operations include, installation of new kerbs, paving, street lighting, signage, and resurfacing to the footway. Remaining work will be carried out under off peak lane closures between the hours of 9.30am and 3.30pm.

A47: grass cutting

We are continuing to cut grass on the A47 between King’s Lynn and Peterborough from Monday 18 to Friday 22 July, working between 8pm and 5am. This will be done using a slow-moving mobile lane closure.

A14: Huntingdon Railway Viaduct

We are working on the A14 as it passes over the B1514 Brampton Road and the East Coast Mainline Railway to inspect the road and ensure the bridge is in a good condition following work to strengthen it a year ago. We expect to finish work by August. We will be working between 10pm and 6am over weekends to coincide with Network Rail’s closures.

To keep road users at a safe distance from the works, we will need to close the B1514 Brampton Road below the A14 viaduct. We will put a clearly signposted diversion route in place via the B1514, A14, B1044, and Ermine Street.

A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon major improvements: surveys

We are currently carrying out topographical, drainage, pavement, existing services and street lighting surveys. We expect to complete these in the summer.

These surveys allow us to map the layout and level of the existing road and assets (such as bridges), drainage network and adjacent land, so that we can fully understand the landscape we will be working in and finalise the design of the new road.

Surveys are taking place along the whole of the scheme route. This includes the land where the new Huntingdon southern bypass would be built and the existing A1 and A14 that form part of the scheme. Surveys of the existing route will require lane closures in both directions and, wherever possible, will take place at night only (usually between 8pm and 6am) to minimise any disruption to traffic. No heavy machinery or plant equipment will be used.

Surveys are currently scheduled for:

  • Monday 18 July: A1307 lane two closures at Girton Interchange overnight
  • Tuesday 19 July: A1307 lane one closures at Girton Interchange overnight
  • Wednesday 20 July: A14 eastbound lane one closure from junction 29 (Bar Hill) to junction 30 (Dry Drayton) and the M11 southbound at junction 14 (Girton Interchange) there will be a hard shoulder closure on the entry slip road overnight
  • Thursday 21 July: A1 southbound lane one closure from Alconbury to Brampton Hut and A1 northbound lane one closure from Brampton Hut to Alconbury

A14 Ipswich: Orwell Bridge maintenance

We are working beneath Orwell Bridge near Ipswich at either end of the bridge. Some of the work we are doing to maintain the bridge is within the bridge, but there are no restrictions to traffic using the A14 crossing the bridge.

A47 King’s Lynn: pavement surveys

We are surveying pavements along the A47 at Swaffham Road (Norwich) from Monday 18 to Wednesday 20 July. These will be done overnight using a slow-moving mobile closure on the hard shoulder or carriageway. Where there is just one lane on either side of the road, traffic lights will be used.

A47 Dogsthorpe: junction improvements (Peterborough City Council)

Peterborough City Council is continuing its junction improvement work at the A47/A15 Dosgthorpe junction, Peterborough. The work will involve some overnight full closure and 24/7 lane closures on the A47.

For more information, visit the Peterborough County Council website.

A138 Chelmer Village, Chelmsford, Essex: Chelmer viaduct replacement

The new viaduct structure opened to traffic on Monday 18 April 2016.

Works are now on-going under the structure to facilitate installation of grass cell and prepare permanent maintenance roads and fencing.

Demolition works started on 23 May on the old structure on both the northern and southern sides working towards the river. This is ongoing and will be completed by mid-July, with up to three more weeks to clear the debris away from site. Demolition will be independent from the new structure and will not impact traffic flows.

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Published 15 July 2016