Press release

Planned roadworks in the East of England: weekly summary for Monday 3 August – Sunday 9 August 2015

Planned new and ongoing 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.

New work

A1(M), J6: junction improvement work

Work to improve the junction at A1(M) junction 6 will take place overnight for five nights from 3 August. The work will take place between 10pm and 5am and is planned for completion by Friday 7 August. During the work there will be a 24-hour hard shoulder closure and overnight lane closure past the works.

A120 Pellens Corner: investigation works

Work to carry out drainage and pavement investigations on the A120 at Pellens Corner will take place overnight for 10 nights from Tuesday 4 August. The work will take place on weeknights only between 8pm and 6am and is planned for completion by 14 August. The work will be completed in two phases:

During phase one (4 August – 7 August) the A120 eastbound will be closed overnight between Harwich Road and Bentley Road. A diversion will be clearly signposted directing road users to travel via the A133 and B1035 to re-join the A12. A diversion will also be in place for local traffic.

During phase two (10 August – 14 August) the A120 westbound will be closed overnight between Bentley Road and Harwich Road. A diversion will be clearly signposted directing road users to travel via the B1035 and A133 to re-join the A12. A diversion will also be in place for local traffic.

Ongoing work

M1 J13 – 14 northbound: survey works

Work to carry out drainage and pavement surveys on the M1 northbound between junctions 13 and 14 will take place overnight for five nights from Monday 3 August. The work will be carried out between 9pm and 6am and is planned to be completed by Friday 7 August. 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. Three lanes will remain open on each carriageway, 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. Work on the major improvement is due to complete in spring 2017. The scheme will have overnight lane closures and temporary slip roads for works access only on the northbound carriageway. On the A5 from the A505 roundabout traffic will be moved over to run on the east side of the carriageway on one lane in each direction to allow for embankment work. Next week we will also have three-way traffic lights at the roundabout of the A5 and A505 north of Dunstable, this is to allow construction of the western verge for a cycleway and footway. For more information, visit the scheme page.

A12 J11-12, Brentwood, Essex: improvements

We have substantially completed a major maintenance project to upgrade the A12 near Brentwood. We know that the slip roads at these junctions also need resurfacing so while we’re on the carriageway we have added this to the programme. We expect to carry out this work by 14 August for 10 nights. During the week commencing Monday 3 August the southbound carriageway between junctions 12 and 11 will be closed overnight from 8pm to 6am. Lane closures will also be in place northbound. From the 6 August the northbound carriageway will be closed at the same location. 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 re-join the A12 at junction 11, and vice versa.

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 Saturday 1 and Friday 7 August the eastbound A14 between junctions 31 and 32 and westbound at both junctions 36 and 32 will be closed overnight between 8pm and 6am. For details of the scheme, 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 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 of the scheme, 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 31 July 2015