Press release

Planned roadworks in the East of England: weekly summary for Monday 21 to Sunday 27 September 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.

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New work

A1(M) J6, Welwyn, Hertfordshire: bridge joint renewal

Work to renew a series of bridge joints on the northbound A1(M) at junction 6 will take place overnight from Monday 21 September for 8 nights.

During the works, the A1(M) will be closed from 10pm until 5am and traffic will be diverted off the A1(M) at junction 6, onto the A1000 to Clock roundabout and re-join the A1(M) northbound at junction 6.

The 24 hour hard shoulder closures and overnight lane closures past the works in place for the ongoing junction improvements at this location remain in place during these works.

M1 junction 11, Dunstable to junction, 12 Toddington: surveys

Work to carry out pavement surveys on the M1 between junctions 11 and 12 in both directions will take place overnights on Saturday 26 September between 10pm and 7am. During the work two lanes out of four will be closed.

Ongoing work

M1 northbound, junction 14, Milton Keynes to junction 15, Northampton: surveys

Work to carry out drainage and pavement surveys on the northbound M1 between junctions 14 and 15 continues. The work will be carried out between 9pm and 6am on weeknights and is planned to be completed by early October. During the work there will be a hard shoulder and lane 1 closure.

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. 3 lanes will remain open on each carriageway during the work. 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 signposted.

From Monday 21 to Friday 25 September we will need to close 2 out of 3 lanes on the M1 in both directions, weeknights only, from 10pm to 6am, so we can amend the traffic management for a new phase of work.

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 three-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 and Luton Road (B579) there will be 2 way traffic lights weekdays only between 9.30am and 3.30pm.

And the B579 Luton Road bridge (over the M1) will be permanently closed from Friday 25 September 2015, 8pm. A clearly signposted diversion will be in place during the weekend while we tie a new road layout in to Luton Road, north of the old bridge. The new road layout will be in place from Monday 28 September 2015, 6am, for traffic wishing to travel over the M1at this location.

Work on the major improvement is due to complete in spring 2017. For more information, visit the scheme page.

A120 Marks Farm to A12 Marks Tey, Essex: surveys

Work to carry out drainage and pavement surveys on the eastbound and westbound carriageways between Braintree and Marks Tey is continuing between 9pm and 6am on weeknights and is planned to be completed by the end of September. During the work the A120 will be closed. A diversion route will be in place using the A12 and A130.

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 visit the scheme page.

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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Published 18 September 2015