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Planned roadworks in the East of England: weekly summary for Monday 27 June to Sunday 3 July 2016

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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. All our improvement work is carried out with the aim of causing as little disruption as possible.

New work

Various roads: technology repairs

We are working to repair faults on technology including traffic lights and visual messaging signs at various locations throughout the week. There will be lane closures in place while we are working between 8pm and 6am. This week we are working at:

  • junction 14 (Alconbury) of the A1(M), in both directions
  • A120 junctions with the A12 at Colchester and with the A1232
  • junctions 7 (Hemel Hempstead) and 12 (Toddington) of the M1, both southbound
  • the A421 where it joints the M1 at junction 13
  • junction 5 (Heathrow Airport) of the M4, westbound

A11 Thetford: road repairs

We are resurfacing the A11 at the roundabout with the A134 at Thetford. We will be working between 8pm and 6am from Thursday 30 June to Friday 1 July. The A11 southbound will be closed at the roundabout while we are working. There will be a clearly signed diversion route in place, whereby drivers heading southbound on the A11 will:

  • take the A1075 southbound to Thetford
  • to the A1066 onto the A1088
  • take the A134 and the A143 towards Bury St Edmunds,
  • take the B1066 westbound and the A1101 northbound to rejoin the A11 at Fiveways roundabout near Mildenhall

A14 Ipswich: Orwell Bridge maintenance

We are working beneath Orwell Bridge near Ipswich at either end of the bridge. Some of the work we are doing to maintain the bridge is within the bridge, but there are no restrictions to traffic using the A14 crossing the bridge.

A47 King’s Lynn: pavement surveys

We are surveying pavements along the A47 at various locations around King’s Lynn. These will be from Pullover to Saddle Bow, at East Winch, and at Hardwick Interchange, starting on Wednesday 29 June until the end of next week. These will be done overnight using slow moving closures, as well as fixed lane closures in either the inside of outside lane. Where the road is not dualled, these will be done using traffic lights.

Ongoing work

Various roads: barrier repairs

We will continue repairs to crash barrier throughout the week, using lane closures to keep road users at a safe distance from the work. The work will take place at various locations including along the A11, A12, A14 and M11. This week we will be working to repair barriers:

  • between junctions 6 (M25) and 9 (A11) of the M11, working overnight
  • on the A120 between Stansted Airport and Marks Farm at Braintree, working overnight
  • on the A11 between Barton Mills and Wymondham, between 10am and 3pm

Various roads: litter picking and sweeping

We will continue litter picking throughout the week on the A1(M), the M1 and the M11 between junctions 6 (M25) and 9 (A11) in both directions. These will be done using a mobile slow moving hard shoulder or lane closure. We will also be clearing laybys and siding out footways on the A120. This will be done using a mobile slow moving lane closure.

M11 and A12: inspections

We are continuing to do inspections throughout the week on the M11 southbound between junctions 9 (A11) and 6 (M25). There will be lanes closed while we are working overnight.

M11: pothole repair and debris collections

We are continuing to repair potholes and collecting debris overnight throughout the week along the length of the M11. This will be done using a mobile slow moving lane closure.

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 northbound 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. The hard shoulder is closed and there is a 50mph limit in place where we are working.

We are repairing an embankment on the M11 at junction 7 (Harlow). During the work, the hard shoulder is closed at this location and there are narrow lanes and a 50mph limit.

We are repairing an embankment on the M11 at junction 8 (Stansted). The hard shoulder is closed at junction 8 with a 50mph limit in place while we are working. We expect this work to take around three months to complete.

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 July. 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 have completed all the static works requiring 24/7 lane closures and have removed the temporary 40mph speed limit on the A1307 Huntingdon Road. We still have overnight road closures of the inbound and outbound A1307 to carry out the bridge joint replacement. This work is currently planned to start from next week, taking three weeks.

We are repairing the bridge joints on the M11/A14 Girton Interchange.

From Monday 27 to Thursday 30 June we will be closing the A14 at junction 31 (Girton) eastbound and westbound. Traffic on the northbound M11 travelling towards the eastbound A14 will be diverted to the A14 westbound to junction 30 (Oakington) and return eastbound. Traffic on the westbound A14 will be diverted onto the M11 southbound to junction 12 (Barton A603), and then return northbound to re-join the westbound A14. Non motorway traffic will be signed to leave the A14 westbound at junction 32 (Histon) to follow the B1049 Cambridge/Histon Road onto the A1307 Huntingdon Road, and rejoin the A14 westbound at the Girton Interchange.

On Thursday 30 June and Friday 1 July we will be closing the M11 southbound at the Girton Interchange. Traffic will be diverted onto the A14 eastbound at junction 31 to junction 32, and then onto the A14 westbound to junction 31 to re-join the M11 via the junction 14 entry slip road.

M40: visual messaging signs repairs

We are continuing to repair signs along the M40. This work will involve closing lanes and the hard shoulder between 9pm and 5am while we are working.

M40: 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, repainting white lines, vegetation clearance, lighting maintenance and repair works. There will be overnight closures while we are working between 10pm and 6am. There is no work planned this week, with work set to resume next week.

A1(M) Huntingdon to Peterborough: maintenance work

We are continuing bridge inspections, surfacing, road marking, stud replacements, safety fence tensioning, sign changes and cleansing and sweeping on the A1(M) southbound. There will be lane closures during the work, with traffic diverted to the next junction, to exit and return.

This week we are:

  • working on the northbound exit slip road at junction 16 and southbound exit slip road at junction 15, from Monday 27 to Tuesday 28 June
  • working on the entry slip roads in both directions at junction 16 from Tuesday 28 to Wednesday 29 June
  • working on the southbound entry slip roads at junctions 16 and 17 from Thursday 30 June to Friday 1 July

A5 Milton Keynes: barrier replacement

We will soon be replacing the crash barrier in central reservation everywhere it protects bridge piers along the A5 as it passes through Milton Keynes. Currently there are just layby closures in place as we prepare for the main works.

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 and local roads

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.

There will be two way, off peak traffic lights occasionally in place for day-time work on the A5120 between Thorn Road and Tebworth Road.

The B579 Luton Rd will be closed between Houghton Rd and Water End Lane from 8pm Friday 10 June to 6am Monday 13 June to carry out utilities works. A signed diversion will be in place during this time.

A11: gully clearing

We will continue clearing gullies along the A11. This week, we will be emptying gullies on the A11 between Wymondham and Barton Mills. There will be a slow moving lane closure in place while we are working, between 8pm and 5am from Monday 27 June to Friday 1 July.

A11: weed spraying

We continue to spray for weeds on the A11 throughout the week. This will be done using a mobile slow moving lane closure.

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 the inside lane of the A11. Next week the A11 will be closed northbound from the A14 at junction 38 to the roundabout with the A134 at Thetford overnight from Monday 27 to Wednesday 29 June, with a lane closed overnight on Thursday 30 June.

There will be a clearly signed diversion route in place, whereby drivers heading northbound on the A11 will:

  • take the A14 eastbound to junction 42 (Bury St Edmunds)
  • take the B1106 north towards Bury St Edmunds
  • take the A1101 to return to the A11 at Fiveways roundabout at Mildenhall

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 have been completed as much as possible. We will need to return at a later date with UK Power Network to complete the signal work and resurface related sections. Minor traffic management will remain in place at the signals until all work is completed. The existing controlled pedestrian crossing was 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 has been completed as much as possible. We will need to return at a later date with UK Power Network to complete the signal work and resurface sections. We are currently working with UK Power Network to programme this. The work included 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.

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 has been completed as much as possible. We will have to return at a later date with UK Power Network to finish electrical elements and minor resurfacing. The work included 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.

A12 Witham to Marks Tey

Works to the existing northern footpath on the A12 between Witham and Marks Tey and A1304 is nearing completion. Minor works are outstanding to finish off the scheme but no traffic management will be out next week. It is expected works will continue until early July. The existing northern footpath is being widened and operations include full depth reconstruction and the installation of new kerbs, signage, fencing, resurfacing and lining. Works are carried out under night lane closures between 8pm and 5am.

A12 Katwijk Way – St Peters Street

The main work to the existing eastern and western footpaths on Katwijk Way and St Peters Street between St Peters Street Roundabout and Clapham Road Central are complete. Only minor finishing work is to be carried out and final lining. The work included 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.

A12 Lowestoft – Jubilee Way

The main work to the existing western and northern arm of the Jubilee Way St Peters Street Roundabout are complete. Only minor finishing works still remain. We will have to return at a later date with UK Power Network to finish electrical elements and minor resurfacing. The work included the widening of the existing western footpath and the installation of a new toucan crossing on the northern arm of the roundabout. Operations include full depth construction, installation of new kerbs, paving, street lighting, signage, and resurfacing and road markings to the approaches.

A12 Lowestoft – Station Road/Gunton St/Peters Avenue

Work to the eastern footpath on A12 Yarmouth Road between Station Road and St Peters Street will continue until early July. We are currently refraining from carrying out major works due to a local school’s exam timetable, in order to minimise disruption to students. We will have to return at a later date to finish electrical elements and minor resurfacing. We are working with UK Power Network to programme this.

The overall work includes the removal of the existing anti-parking measures along the eastern footpath. Operations include, installation of new kerbs, paving, street lighting, signage, and resurfacing to the footway. Work are carried out under off peak lane closures between the hours of 9.30am and 3.30pm. Once UK Power Network has completed their work we will then have some resurfacing to complete.

A14: Huntingdon Railway Viaduct

We are working on the A14 as it passes over the B1514 Brampton Road and the East Coast Mainline Railway to inspect the road and ensure the bridge is in a good condition following work to strengthen it a year ago. We expect to finish work by August. We will be working between 10pm and 6am over weekends to coincide with Network Rail’s closures.

To keep road users at a safe distance from the works, we will need to close the B1514 Brampton Road below the A14 viaduct. We will put a clearly signposted diversion route in place, whereby drivers heading east will:

  • take the B1514 out of Huntingdon
  • join the A14 at junction 22
  • join the A141 at junction 23
  • exit to join the B1044 at Stukeley Meadows
  • head south onto Ermine Street
  • take the B1514 and Nursery Road clockwise, exiting to return to the viaduct

Drivers heading west will follow this diversion in reverse.

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 in the 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.

Lane/traffic light closures are currently scheduled on:

  • Monday 27 June to Tuesday 28 June: A14 westbound, overnight lane 1 closure from junction 31 Girton Interchange to junction 30 Dry Drayton
  • Monday 27 June: Brampton Hut junction 21, overnight lane closures on the approach to and at the roundabout, with Lane 2 closures on A14 east and westbound approaches. Overnight lane 1 closures on A1 north and southbound approaches
  • Tuesday 28 June to Friday 1 July: A14 eastbound, overnight lane 1 closure from junction 18 (Wooley Hill Road) to junction 21 Brampton Hut
  • Saturday 2 July to Sunday 3 July: A14 westbound, overnight lane 1 closure from junction 31 Girton Interchange to junction 30 Dry Drayton

A138 Chelmer Village, Chelmsford, Essex: Chelmer viaduct replacement

The new viaduct structure opened to traffic on Monday 18 April 2016.

Works are now ongoing under the structure to facilitate installation of grass cell and prepare permanent maintenance roads and fencing.

Demolition works started on 23 May on the old structure on both the northern and southern sides working towards the river. This is ongoing and will be completed by mid-July, with up to three more weeks to clear the debris away from site. Demolition will be independent from the new structure and will not impact traffic flows.

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Published 24 June 2016