Press release

Planned roadworks in the East of England: weekly summary for Monday 19 to Sunday 25 October 2015

Planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week.

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New work

A14 junction 41 New Road bridge, Risby, Bury St Edmunds: bridge repairs

Works to resurface the southbound carriageway and replace joints on the New Road bridge over the A14 will take place from 20 October between 8pm and 6am until 28 October. During the work, there will be overnight closures of New Road Bridge and a clearly signposted diversion will be in place.

A14 J56 Wherstead, Suffolk: bridge repairs

Works to replace joints and renew road surface near the new joints on the A14 junction bridge at Wherstead will start on 21 October and is expected to complete on 27 October. During the work, there will be overnight closures on the A137 over the A14 at junction 56 between 8pm and 6am. A clearly signposted diversion will be in place.

A14 junction 20 Ellington bridge, Cambridgeshire: surveys

Work to survey the north abutment bearings and the drainage system on the A14 eastbound at Ellington will take place overnight for one night on Monday 19 October 2015. The work will be carried out between 8pm and 6am. During the work, there will be a lane one closure of the A14 eastbound carriageway.

Ongoing work

A1 junction 17 to A43 interchange: drainage surveys

Work to carry out drainage surveys on the northbound and southbound A1 between junction 17 and A43 interchange continues. The work is carried out between 9pm and 6am weeknights only and is planned to be completed by the end of October 2015. During the work there will be a combination of lane 1 and 2 closures along the A1.

We are building a new 2.9 mile, 2 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. 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 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. In addition, there are 3 way traffic lights at the A5/A505 roundabout, north of Dunstable, weeknights only between 8pm and 6am, to allow construction of the western verge for a cycleway and footway.

Work on local roads

On Sundon Road (west of the M1) there will be 2 way traffic lights on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 October between 9.30am and 3.30pm. There will also be 2 way traffic lights on Sundon Road (east of the M1) on Monday 19, Tuesday 20, Wednesday 21 October between 9.30am and 3.30pm. On Luton Road (B579) there will be 2 way traffic lights on Wednesday 21, Thursday 22 and Friday 23 October between 9.30am and 3.30pm. Work on the major improvement is due to complete in spring 2017. For more information, 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 is now complete and the pier and abutment construction is well advanced. The installation of structural steel beams to support the new viaduct over the Chelmer River started on 7 October 2015.

Work to install steel structures on the viaduct approaches started on 13 October 2015 and will last for 3 weeks. All site work is carried out offline so daytime traffic is not affected and steel structure deliveries are all carried out under a special order during the night to minimise disruption. For further details visit the scheme page.

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Published 16 October 2015