Press release

Planned roadworks in the East of England: weekly summary for Monday 20 to Sunday 26 July 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 Junction 13 to junction 14 northbound: survey works

Work to carry out drainage and pavement surveys on the M1 southbound between junctions 14 and 13 will take place overnight for five nights from Monday 20 July. The work will be carried out between 9pm and 6am and is planned to be completed by Friday 24 July. During the work there will be a hard shoulder and lane 1 closure.

A14 Junction 54 to junction 55, Sproughton and River Gipping bridges, Suffolk: bridge joint inspections

Work to inspect bridge joints on the eastbound A14 between junctions 54 and 55 in Suffolk, will take place overnight on 22 July from 10pm to 5am. During the work, lane 1 will be closed and a temporary 50mph will be in place on lane 2 for safety reasons.

Ongoing work

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.

Construction of the new junction started on 17 June. While the new junction is being built, lane 3 on the M1 will be closed between junctions 11 and 12 in both directions. Three lanes will remain open, with traffic running on the hard shoulder and lanes 1 and 2. The roadworks, 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.

From Monday 13 July to Friday 17 July there will be overnight lane closures on the northbound carriageway for temporary slip road works between 10pm and 6am. Work on the major improvement is due to complete in spring 2017. For more information, visit the scheme website.

A12 junction 11 to junction 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. During the week commencing Monday 20 July the southbound carriageway between junctions 12 and 11 will be closed overnight from 8pm to 6am. A clearly signposted diversion will be in place directing traffic to leave the A12 at junction 12 and travel via the B1002 and A1023 to rejoin the A12 at junction 11.

A12 junction 31 to junction 33, Suffolk: improvements

We are finishing 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. During week commencing Monday 20 July we will need to close one lane on the northbound carriageway.

A14 southbound Alconbury to Spittals Interchange, Huntingdon: resurfacing

Work to resurface the southbound A14 between Alconbury and Spittals Interchange will take place overnight for four weeks from 7 July. The work is being carried out between 8pm and 6am and is planned for completion by early August. During the work the southbound A14 will be closed overnight between Alconbury and Spittals Interchange. A clearly signposted diversion will be in place directing road users to follow the A1 southbound and the A14 eastbound to re-join the A14.

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.

On Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 July there will be lane closures between junctions 31 and 32 in both directions.

Between Saturday 18 and Friday 24 July the eastbound A14 between junctions 31 and 32 and the westbound entry slip roads at both junctions 36 and 32 will be closed overnight between 8pm and 6am.

For more details please visit the scheme website.

A14 Huntingdon: barrier replacement

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

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 please visit the scheme 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

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