Press release

Planned roadworks in the East of England: weekly summary for Monday 18 – Sunday 24 May 2015

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

M1 J13 – 14 northbound: surveys

Work to carry out drainage and pavement surveys on the M1 northbound between junctions 13 and 14 will take place overnight for five nights from Monday 18 May. The work will be carried out between 9pm and 6am and is planned to be completed by Friday 22 May. During the work there will be a hard shoulder and lane 1 closure.

A14 westbound Spaldwick to Leighton Bromswold: barrier replacement

Work to replace sections of the central reservation barrier is being carried out on the westbound A14 between Spaldwick and Leighton Bromswold west of the A1. Work is due to start during the week of 18 May and finish by mid-June. We will be working between 8pm and 6am and will use lane 2 closures overnight, as well as a narrow lane 2 and a temporary speed limit of 40mph for safety reasons 24 hours a day.

A14 River Kennet and Snailwell Road, Newmarket: bridge joint replacement

Work to replace bridge joints and renew road markings on the A14 at River Kennet and Snailwell Road near Newmarket will take place overnight for 12 nights from Monday 18 May. The work will be carried out between 9pm and 5am and is planned for completion by 29 May. During the work there will be full closures as follows:

  • Monday 18 May: full closure westbound between junctions 39 and 35 (one night)
  • Tuesday 19 – Thursday 21 May: full closure westbound between junctions 39 and 37 (three nights)
  • Monday 18 May – Friday 29 May: full closure eastbound between junctions 37 and 39 (12 nights)

There will be no total closure in both directions at the same time.

A diversion route will be in place directing westbound traffic along the B1506, A1304 and A1303 and directing eastbound traffic along the A142, A1304 and B1506.

Ongoing work

A1, Black Cat roundabout, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire: improvements

Work to ease congestion and improve journey time and safety on the A1 at the Black Cat Roundabout started in June 2014. It involves a new road alignment to enlarge and widen the existing roundabout, new safety fencing, improved drainage, new surfacing on the roundabout and installation of lighting columns and traffic lights.

The improved roundabout opened to traffic last week and the traffic signals are now fully operational. We will remain on site to check the traffic signals are working with the flow of traffic and to complete some finishing off works using overnight closures, weeknights only. There will be various overnight lane closures from Monday 18 May to Friday 22 May between 9pm and 6am.

A1/A47 Wansford, Peterborough: pinch point junction improvements

We are making 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. Finishing works will continue during the week starting 18 May, which will require night time lane closures.

For more information, visit the road project pages.

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. Advance works started on site in May 2014 and main construction work is progressing. These works will require some road closures, which will be publicised in advance.

Work on the major improvement is due to complete in spring 2017. For more information, visit the road project pages.

To view the display boards from the two public exhibitions and a fly through visualisation of the proposed scheme, visit the publications tab on the project pages.

A12 J31-33, Suffolk: improvements

We are in the second phase of works to improve the road network on the A12 between junction 31 (Four Sisters Interchange) and junction 33 (Copdock Interchange). We are resurfacing the carriageway and renewing road markings, repairing barriers and drainage systems and improving lighting within these works. We are working each night between 9pm and 6am and weekends between 9pm and 8am. On Monday 18 May contraflow will be in operation on the southbound carriageway. From Tuesday 19 May to Thursday 21 May we will need to close the carriageway at junction 32B southbound and traffic will be diverted onto the exit slip road and back on the entry slip road.

A12 J11-12, Brentwood, Essex: improvements

We are in the second phase of works to improve the road network on the A12 in both directions between junction 11 (for M25) and junction 12 (for A1023 Chelmsford Road). We are resurfacing the carriageway and renewing road markings, repairing barriers and drainage systems and improving lighting and embankments within these works. During week commencing 18 May the northbound carriageway will be closed overnight between 21:30 and 06:00. A diversion route will be in place directing road users to leave the A12 at J11 and travel through Brentwood and along the B1002 to re-join the A12 at J13.

A14 Bar Hill to St Ives, Cambridgeshire: resurfacing

Works to resurface the westbound A14 in Cambridgeshire will start on Monday 11 May for two weeks. The work will take place on the A14 westbound carriageway, between junctions 29 Bar Hill and junction 26 St Ives. There will be overnight closures from Monday 11 May to Friday 22 May. These works will take place between 10pm and 6am. The work on the A14 includes carriageway resurfacing and patching, and the renewal of road markings and road studs. During the overnight closures on the A14 westbound a clearly signed diversion route will be in place, traffic will be diverted eastbound along the A14 to junction 32 and then westbound along the A14/A428 to Eaton Socon before going northbound on the A1 to re-join the A14 at junction 22 or 24.

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.

Finishing off works, which include landscaping, street lighting and fully resurfacing the road between junctions 31 and 32 (which will require overnight closures), should be completed by early June.

During the week starting 18 May, there will be temporary lane closures on the eastbound carriageway between junctions 31-32 between 8pm and 6am. For details of the scheme, visit Highways England’s website.

A14 Huntingdon: barrier replacement

Work to replace sections of the central reservation barrier is being carried out on the A14 Brampton and Spittals near Huntingdon. Works started Monday 9 February and are due to finish by the end of May. We are working between 8pm and 6am and will use lane 2 closures and a temporary speed limit of 40mph for safety reasons 24 hours a day.

A47 Peterborough: bridge repairs

Work to carry out bridge and safety barrier repair works is continuing on the A47 at junction 18 (Lincoln Road Interchange) in Peterborough. The work is being carried out between 8am and 6pm and is scheduled to finish in May. During the works there will be a lane closure in both directions between junctions 17 and 18 with a temporary 50mph speed limit. A diversion will be clearly signposted for abnormal loads directing westbound traffic off the A47 at junction 15 (Thomas Cook Interchange) along the A1260 Nene Parkway southbound to the junction with A1139 Fletton Parkway before taking the A1139 northbound to its junction with the A47 junction 20 (Dogsthorpe). Eastbound traffic will follow this diversion in reverse.

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. For further details of the scheme, visit the road project pages.

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
  • and be alert for road workers, the roads are their workplace

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