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

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.

New work

A1 George Town to Sandy roundabout: pavement investigations

We will be undertaking a pavement survey on the A1 in both directions on Monday 18 April. The works will be done using mobile lane closures.

Ongoing work

M11 and A120 Stansted Airport: road repairs

We are undertaking a number of schemes, which includes resurfacing parts of the M11 and A120, as part of a package of works. The package of works should be completed by July. We are also putting in new signs to make the road easier to navigate. We will be working between 8pm and 6am, with a number of road closures, lane closures and slip road closures. There will also be some daytime lane closures with speed limits in place. Where necessary, there will be a clearly signed diversion route in place.

This week we are repairing an embankment on the M11 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 by July.

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 the end of June. 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.

This week we are repairing the embankment and the bridge on the A1307 Huntingdon Road. A lane closure is in place in both directions as well as a 40mph speed limit, to remain in place 24 hours a day with the other lane remaining open.

We are renewing and restoring the safety barrier in the centre of the road between junctions 31 (M11 interchange) and 34 (Horningsea). We will be working between 8pm and 6am and plan to finish the work by the end of April. While we are working there will be lane closures in both directions between the junctions overnight with a 40mph limit throughout the works.

We are working on the A14 eastbound between junctions 29 (Bar Hill) and 31 on Monday 18 April. The A14 will be closed eastbound between the junctions while we are working from 8pm to 6am. Drivers will be diverted to take the A14 west to junction 21, exit at Brampton Hut and take the A1 south to Wyboston, then the A428 eastbound to re-join the A14 at junction 31.

We are working on the A428 eastbound at its junction with the A1303 at Madingley to where it joins the A14 at Girton from Tuesday 19 to Friday 23 April. The road will be closed here while we are working from 8pm to 6am, preventing access to the A14 eastbound. The M11 northbound exit slip at junction 14 and the A14 junction 31 Girton entry loop will also be closed. Non motorway traffic will be diverted to take the A1303 to Cambridge, while other traffic will be diverted to take the A1303 to the M11 junction 13, where they can then return north to join the A14.

We are working on the A14 westbound from junction 36 (A11) to 31 (Girton and M11), with the road closed while we are working, from Monday 18 to Friday 22 April. The entry slip roads at junctions 35 (Stoke-cum-Quy) and 34 (Horningsea) will remain open for local traffic to junction 33 (A10 and Ely), where westbound drivers will be diverted to take the A11 south to the A505, then head west to the M11, then head north to re-join the A14 at junction 31.

M40: Essential 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 exit slip for junction 1A (M25) for the M25 northbound, the M25 northbound entry slip for the M40 southbound, and the M25 southbound entry slip for the M40 southbound. We are working from Monday 18 to Tuesday 19 April. Drivers looking to leave the M40 will continue southbound to exit at junction 1 (Uxbridge), returning northbound to exit the M40 at junction 1A to join the M25 in either direction. M25 traffic will take the M40 northbound, exiting at junction 2 (Beaconsfield) and returning southbound to junction 1A.

We are working on the M40 northbound exit slip for the M25 southbound, the northbound entry slip for the M40 from the M25 northbound, and the northbound entry slip for the M40 from the M25 southbound. We are working from Tuesday 19 to Wednesday 20 April. Drivers looking to exit the M40 will continue northbound, exiting at junction 2 (Beaconsfield) and returning southbound to exit the M40 at junction 1A to join the M25 in either direction. M25 traffic will take the M40 southbound, exiting at junction 1 and returning northbound to junction 1A.

We are working on the M40 southbound exit slip for junction 1A (M25) for the M25 northbound, the M25 exit slips in both directions for the M40 southbound. We are working from Wednesday 20 to Thursday 21 April. Drivers looking to leave the M40 will continue southbound to exit at junction 1 (Uxbridge), returning northbound to exit the M40 at junction 1A to join the M25 in either direction. M25 traffic will take the M40 northbound, exiting at junction 2 (Beaconsfield) and returning southbound to junction 1A.

We are working on the M40 southbound entry and exit slips at junction 2. We are working from Thursday 21 to Friday 22 April. Drivers looking to exit the M40 will continue southbound to junction 1, exiting and returning northbound to junction 2. Drivers looking to join the M40 will take the M40 northbound to junction 3 (A40 Loudwater), exiting and returning southbound to junction 2.

We are working on the M40 northbound entry and exit slips at junction 2. We are working from Friday 22 to Saturday 23 April. Drivers looking to exit the M40 will continue northbound to junction 3, exiting and returning southbound to junction 2. Drivers looking to join the M40 will take the M40 southbound to junction 1, exiting and returning northbound to junction 2

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

Work to the existing crossing at the Artillery Way/Old Nelson street/High Street temporary puffin crossing. We will need to return at a later date to complete the signal work and resurface sections. The existing controlled pedestrian crossing will be 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

Work to the existing eastern footpath on A12 Jubilee Way between St Margaret’s Street and Camden Street will start on 18 January to early May. We will need to return at a later date to complete the signal work and resurface sections. The work includes 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. Work will be carried out under lane closures between 9:30am and 3:30pm.

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 will continue until mid April. We will need to return at a later date to complete signal work and resurfacing. There will be further work for almost two weeks towards the end of April. The works include 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. Works will be carried out under off peak lane closures between 9:30 am and 3:30 pm.

A12 Witham to Marks Tey

Works to the existing northern footpath on the A12 between Witham & Marks Tey and A1304 through Kelvedon will last until mid-May. The existing northern footpath is to be widened and operations include, full depth reconstruction and the installation of new kerbs, signage, fencing, resurfacing and lining. Works will be carried out under night lane closures between 8pm and 5am. Off peak day time width restrictions on slip roads at junctions 22 and 24 between 09:30 am and 3:30pm.

A12 Lowestoft – Bentley Drive / Foxburrow Hill Roundabout

Works to the existing eastern and western footpaths on A12 Yarmouth Road between Foxburrow Hill Roundabout and Foxes Walk will finish by the end of April. We will need to return at a later date to complete the signal work and resurface sections. The works include 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. Works will be carried out under off peak lane closures between 9:30am and 3:30pm.

A12 Katwijk Way – St Peters Street

Work to the existing eastern and western footpaths on Katwijk Way and St Peters Street between St Peters Street Roundabout and Clapham Road Central will last until early May.

The work includes 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. The work includes full construction, installation of new kerbs, paving, street lighting, signage, and lining.

Works will be carried out under off peak lane closures between 9:30am and 3:30pm.

A47 Hockering

Work to the A47 to provide a path linking existing cycle routes between North Tuddenham and Hockering will finish in April. The work includes construction of a new cycle path along the verge of the A47, installation of new kerbs, edgings and paving, fencing, drainage, signage and lining. The work will be carried out under lane closures overnight with traffic signals between Fox Lane Bridge and Mill Lane from 7.15pm until 7am.

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

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.

The A5120 will be closed from the Tebworth turning up near Toddington and from Thorn Road near Houghton Regis on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 April from 5am till 5pm for carriageway realignment.

A11 Red Lodge: layby improvements

We are working to improve safety on the A11 at the northbound layby near Red Lodge by bringing the entry and exits up to current standards. The works also include resurfacing the layby and approximately 350 metres of lane 1 of the A11. We will soon be having overnight road closures with clearly signed diversions in place to complete this work. Currently we are just working in the layby without disrupting traffic.

A12 Essex: improvements

We are working to improve the A12 in Essex and Suffolk, making the road safer and improving the road surface. We are also putting in place new signs to make the road easier to navigate. Work at various locations along the route will be ongoing until spring 2016. The work is part of Highways England’s commitment to improve safety and ensure better journey experiences across the East region’s busiest roads. Works take place overnight between 8pm and 6am and not at weekends so as to minimise disruption for drivers.

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

This week, we are reconstructing an embankment north of Colchester at junction 29, with work expected to be completed by early May. The A12 will be closed northbound beneath junction 29 while we are working, with drivers diverted to exit at the junction and re-join on the other side of the works.

A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon major improvements: survey work

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

Carriageway Lane closures are currently scheduled overnight on:

  • Monday 18 April: A14 WB lane 1 closure, junction 21 Brampton Hut
  • Tuesday 19 – Thursday 21 April: 2 way traffic light closure B1043 Huntingdon
  • Wednesday 20 April 2016: A1 northbound entry & exit slip, Brampton Hut, Lane 1 closure
  • Wednesday 20 April: A14 eastbound Lane 2 closure, junction 20 Ellington - Junction 21 Brampton Hut
  • Thursday 21 April: A14 eastbound Lane 1 closure, junction 28 Swavesey– junction 29 Bar Hill
  • Friday 22 April: 2 way traffic light closure Hilton Road, Fenstanton
  • Friday 22 April: A14 eastbound Lane 2 closure, junction 28 Swavesey– junction 29 Bar Hill

A14 Stowmarket: Hill House viaduct repairs

We are repairing the A14 on the Hill House viaduct between junctions 49 and 50 as it passes Stowmarket. This work should be completed by July. We will be working between 8pm and 6am on weekdays and some weekends during this period. While we are working we will close the A14 in one direction, installing a contraflow system in place so that traffic can still use the A14. The A14 will have to be closed for one night in each direction while we install the contraflow. When the A14 is closed, there will be a clearly signed diversion route in place. There will be a 40mph speed limit in place 24/7 throughout the works to protect the ramps and exposed parts of the road we are working on.

Currently we are working on the eastbound carriageway of the A14, which will be closed overnight while we are working during the week and 24 hours throughout the weekend. Due to this, contraflow will be running on the westbound carriageway with traffic able to continue travelling in either direction, but only in one lane while passing our works.

There will be one further weekend when we expect a 24 hour closure in May. Further details of these closures, which are dependent on works progress, will be released closer to the time. Throughout the weekend closures there will be a clearly signed diversion route in place.

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 continues and will take approximately 18 months to complete.

We are installing the vehicle parapet rails and work has started on installing the vehicle restraint system. Work to the traffic islands at either end of the tie in is also underway.

The A138 Chelmer Viaduct will be closed for new bridge work on Saturday 16 April from 8pm to Monday 18 April at 6am. Local diversion routes will be in place on both sides of the existing A138 viaduct between the Boreham Interchange and the Army and Navy Roundabout via the Junction 17 of the A12 and the A1114 Southend Road. The new viaduct structure will be open to traffic on Monday 18 April 2016 and works will be ongoing within the surrounding area to facilitate demolition of the old structure, which will not have any impact on traffic.

A428 Madingley Road: resurfacing

We are repairing and maintaining the A428 at the Cambridge Road Bridge by Madingley, working from 8pm to 6am. We expect this work to be completed by July. To keep road users at a safe distance from the works, we will have lanes closed both east and westbound, though not in both directions at the same time to begin with. Currently there is a lane closure westbound with barriers, a 50mph speed limit and a 9ft 6in width restriction. These closures will be in place 24/7 for the duration of the works, for five weeks in each direction. These lane closures, which will also have a 50mph speed limit in place, will be from Cambridge Road and Madingley to the A1303.

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Published 18 April 2016