Press release

Planned roadworks in the East of England: weekly summary for Monday 22 to Sunday 28 June 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

Nil

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 is now opened to traffic and the traffic signals are 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.

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 will start on Wednesday 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.

We started installing the roadworks overnight from Wednesday 17 June between 9pm and 6am each night, using temporary lane closures and a reduced 50mph speed limit. Work will start on the northbound carriageway, before moving to the southbound carriageway. We plan to complete installing the roadworks on Monday 22 June.

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

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 Wednesday 17 June the westbound A12 will be closed overnight between junctions 33 and 31. On Thursday 18 June and Friday 19 June the eastbound A12 will be closed overnight between junctions 31 and 33. A diversion route will be in place directing road users to travel via the A14, A137, A133 and A1232.

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 within these works. During week commencing 22 June, contraflow will be in operation overnight between 9:30pm and 6am.

A14 northbound Spittals Interchange to Alconbury, Huntingdon: resurfacing

Work to resurface the northbound A14 between Spittals Interchange and Alconbury continues and will take place overnight for six weeks. The work is being carried out between 8pm and 6am and is planned for completion in July. During the work the northbound A14 will be closed overnight between Spittals Interchange and Alconbury. A clearly signposted diversion will be in place directing road users to follow the A14 westbound and the A1 to rejoin the A14. During the day the A14 will be reopened to traffic which will run on a temporary surface with a 40mph temporary speed limit.

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 started in mid-May and is due to finish in July. 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 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.

Between Monday 22 June and Friday 26 June, the eastbound A14 between junctions 31 and 32, and the westbound access to the A14 at both junctions 36 and 32, will be closed overnight between 8pm and 6am to facilitate ongoing lighting and other works.

For more details please visit the scheme web page.

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 in July. 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.

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 web 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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