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Planned roadworks in the East of England: weekly summary for Monday 5 to Sunday 11 September 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

M1 Hemel Hempstead: technology works

We are repairing technology used to measure traffic volumes on the M1 between junctions 8 (Hemel Hempstead) to 9 (Markyate – A5), with lane closures in place while we are working. This will be done in both directions between 9pm and 6am on Monday 5 September. On Tuesday 6 September there will be lanes closed on the M1 southbound at junction 7 while we are working overnight, including on the entry and exit slip roads.

M1 Milton Keynes: technology works

We are repairing technology used to measure traffic volumes on the M1 between junctions 12 (Toddington) and 13 (Brogborough – A421), with lane closures in place while we are working. This will be done in both directions between 9pm and 6am on Friday 9 September.

M11 Cambridge: technology works

We are repairing technology used to measure traffic volumes on the M11 by Cambridge. The southbound exit slip road of junction 11 (A10 – Trumpington – Addenbrooke’s Hospital) will be closed on Monday 5 September, with the northbound exit slip road closed on Tuesday 6 September. Drivers will be diverted to continue on the M11 to the next junction, exit and return. On Wednesday 7 September the M11 will be closed beneath junction 12 (A603), with traffic diverted to exit the M11 and re-join on the far side of the closure.

This work will all be done between 9pm and 6am.

M11 Harlow: technology works

We are replacing traffic message signs on the M11 at junction 7 (Harlow) on Monday 5 September. The northbound entry slip road for the M11 will be closed while we are working, from 10pm to 5am. Traffic will be diverted to take the A414 north through Harlow, then the A1184 north through Sawbridgeworth, passing to the west of Bishop’s Stortford, before picking up the A120 to join the M11 at junction 8.

M40 Beaconsfield: technology works

We are repairing technology used to measure traffic volumes on the M40 between junctions 2 (Beaconsfield – A355) and 3 (Loudwater – A40) on Sunday 11 September. This will be done between 9pm and 6am, with lane closures in place while we are working.

A12 Great Yarmouth: road surface surveys

We are surveying the road surface along the A47 from Acle roundabout (starting at the westbound entry slip road) to Lingwood in both directions. This will start at the A47 Acle westbound entry slip road on Monday 5 September and finish at A47 Lingwood on Friday 9 September. These will be done between 8pm and 5am, using mobile lane closures and traffic lights where necessary.

A14 Huntingdon: technology works

We are repairing technology used to measure traffic volumes on the A14 at Huntingdon. The A14 will be closed between junction 23 (Huntingdon) and the A1(M) at Alconbury while we are working, from 9pm to 6am on Tuesday 6 and Thursday 8 September. Drivers heading north will be diverted to continue on the A14 to junction 21 (Brampton Hut), then take the A1 northbound to join the A1(M). Drivers heading southbound will follow this diversion route in reverse.

Ongoing work

Various roads: barrier repairs

We will continue repairs to crash barriers 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, usually working between 8pm and 5am. This week we are repairing barriers on the M11 in both directions on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September during the day, using a hard shoulder closure while we are working between junctions 6 (M25) and 9 (A11). We will also be doing this work using lane closures overnight throughout the week.

Various roads: litter picking and sweeping

We will continue litter picking throughout the week on the A1(M), the M1 and the M11. These will be done using a mobile slow-moving hard shoulder or lane closure. We will also be sweeping the hard shoulder of the M11 during the day while we litter pick between junctions 6 (M25) and 9 (A11).

M11: routine maintenance

We will be doing routine maintenance of structures and technology boxes along the M11 during the day. These will be done with a hard shoulder closure, taking place between junctions 6 (M25) and 9 (A11).

M11 and A120 Stansted Airport: road repairs

We will be repairing the road on the M11 between junctions 8 (Stansted Airport – Bishop’s Stortford) and 9 (A11) in both directions, and on the A120 between Braintree and junction 8 of the M11. This will be done using lane and hard shoulder closures while we are working, between 8.30pm and 6am, from Tuesday 30 August to Friday 9 September.

M11: surveys

We will be doing some surveys on the M11 in both directions between junctions 6 (M25) and 8 (Stansted Airport – Bishop’s Stortford) throughout the week. This will be done using lane and hard shoulder closures while we are working, between 8.30pm and 6am, from Wednesday 31 August to Friday 9 September.

M11 and A120 Stansted Airport: road repairs

We are repairing embankments on the M11 as part of a wider package of works which included resurfacing on M11 and A120 and putting in new signs, which commenced earlier this year. The package of works should be completed in October. Most of our work will be between 7am and 5pm, with a hard shoulder closure and temporary speed limit in place.

This week 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 ar 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 September. 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.

We are currently working on the A1307 Huntingdon Road Bridge, carrying out concrete repairs to the bridge walls.

This week’s work will involve the left-hand lane on the A1307 will be closed across Huntingdon Road Bridge, outbound on Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 and inbound on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 September.

M40: major maintenance

We will be carrying out major maintenance work on the M40, which includes low noise resurfacing and safety barrier repairs between Adwell (near junction 6) and the A40 Oxford spur (junction 8).

This work is expected to be completed by mid-December.

For further details, please visit the scheme website.

This week there will be overnight lane closures from junctions 6 to 8 on the southbound carriageway between the 5 and 7 September from 10pm to 6am. There will be one lane running each night.

There will also be full overnight carriageway closures between junctions 6 and 8 on the northbound carriageway between the 8 and 9 September from 10pm to 6.30am.

For drivers wish to travel northbound from junction 6, exit M40 at junction 6 northbound and turn right onto A4009 until the A40 London road. Follow A40 London road to the A418. Turn left onto A418 and continue along to junction 8a and re-join M40 northbound.

For drivers wishing to travel northbound from junction 8 M40 junction (Oxford Spur A40), drivers are advised to continue to travel northbound along the M40 and leave at junction 8A exit slip. Turn left along the A418 and follow A418 until it re-joins the A40 northbound.

M40: routine maintenance

We are undertaking routine maintenance on the M40. Works include sweeping, drainage cleaning, litter picking, vegetation cutting, white lining, street lighting maintenance, defect repair (including street lighting defects), inspection of the assets including structures and safety fence repair.

This week we are working on the M40 junction 1 (A40 – Uxbridge) southbound exit slip road on Monday 5 September. Drivers will be diverted via Swakeleys roundabout to take the A40 and return.

We are working on the M40 junction 3 (Loudwater) southbound entry slip road on Monday 5 September. Drivers will be diverted to take the M40 to the next junction, exit and return to junction 3.

We are working on the M40 junction 10 (A43 – Ardley) southbound entry and exit slip roads on Wednesday 7 September. Drivers will be diverted to take the M40 to the next junction exit and return.

A5 Milton Keynes: barrier repairs

We are replacing safety barriers that protect bridge supports along the northbound and southbound verges of the A5 by Milton Keynes. The work will be undertaken on weekdays between 8pm and 6am to minimise disruption and should be completed early December.

The work will be completed under lane closure, however some full closures are required to install temporary barrier and road markings. A clearly signed diversion route will be in place when the road is closed.

The speed limit will be reduced to 50mph past the works and this will remain in place during the day. Also, while both lanes of the A5 will be open during the day, they will have to be narrowed.

This week we are working on the A5 southbound between the A422 Abbey Hill Roundabout (H3) and the A421 Redmoor Roundabout (H9).

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.

On Tuesday 6 September there will be an overnight lane closure northbound between junction 11 and 12 from 10pm to 6am.

The M1 will be closed in both directions between junctions 11 and 12 from 8pm on Saturday 10 September until 2pm on Sunday 11 September to allow for the safe demolition of an existing overbridge (B579 Luton Road). This also includes an M1 northbound carriageway closure at junction 9 to divert traffic onto the A5 north to Milton Keynes re-joining at M1 junction 14, and M1 northbound traffic for Luton Airport and Dunstable will be able to re-join the M1 at junction 9 at the roundabout junction with the A5 and continue north on the M1 to junction 10-11 for Luton and Dunstable. At junction 11 the M1 will be closed completely and traffic taken off the junction with the A505.

M1 southbound traffic will exit at junction 12 and turn right onto the A5120 through Toddington. Turn left onto Houghton Regis High Street and continue to the junction with Park Rd, taking the third exit onto Poynters Road and follow to the A505 roundabout. Take the first exit and continue along the A505 to junction 11 of the M1 and re-join south.

Work on the A5 and local road

From Monday 1 August a new road layout is in place between the A505 and Dunstable Road for the A5 and Thorn Road. There is no right turn onto Thorn Road from the A5 northbound as well as no right turn onto the A5 from Thorn Road. There will be traffic lights overnight on the A5-A505 between 8pm and 6am.

There will be two and three way traffic lights in use on local roads, Luton Road, A5120 and B579 throughout to complete the work during day time off-peak hours. There will be the occasional night time lane and road closure to complete verge work and tie-in preparation work.

Cycle improvements schemes in Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk and Bedfordshire

Work is substantially completed on the building or improving of cycle paths at 17 locations across the East of England including on the A12, A120, A47 and A5. UK Power Network is planning on starting their work to link traffic signals to mains in September.

The work included 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 Bentley Drive

There will be work on upgrading the pedestrian crossing from Monday 5 September. There will be lane restrictions on all approaches to the Bentley Drive/Foxburrow Hill roundabout to accommodate the signal upgrade work and will be in place 24/7 for approximately three weeks.

A12 Lowestoft Camden Street / High Street

There is no work planned this week.

A12 Lowestoft – Gunton Church Lane / Hollingsworth

There will be no work taking place this week.

A12 Lowestoft – Jubilee Way

There will be minor works on Crown Street West and Factory Street from Monday 5 September.

A12 Lowestoft – Station Road/Gunton St/Peters Avenue

There will be no work taking place this week.

A12 Witham: bridge repairs

We are working to refurbish Olivers Bridge, where the A12 crosses B1018 Maldon Road, just to the east of Witham. This is to complete essential repairs to the bridge structure and resurface the road across it. The work is due to finish before November. To keep road users at a safe distance from the works, we will need to close part of each side of the A12 while we are working. We will install a contraflow with narrow lanes, keeping two lanes open on the A12 in both directions. This contraflow will be in place continuously throughout the duration of the work, along with a 40mph speed limit.

In order to install this contraflow and complete some of the work, some overnight closures of the A12 in both directions will be necessary. These will be carried out between 10pm and 6am to minimise disruption to road users. On these nights when the A12 is closed, there will be a clearly signed diversion route in place whereby drivers will take the B1389 through Witham to re-join the A12.

Drivers of abnormal loads (wider than 2.9 metres) will be unable to use the contraflow due to the narrow lanes. When travelling northbound and we are working on the A12 northbound, such drivers will be diverted to: Take the M25 westbound, then the M11 northbound, A11 north-east, and then A14 eastbound to re-join the A12. Similarly, southbound drivers will take this route in reverse when we are working on the A12 southbound. This diversion route for drivers of abnormal loads will be in place for both directions simultaneously during the overnight road closures.

This week we are working on the southbound side of the bridge until Thursday 8 September, with the left hand lane closed. On Friday 9 September the A12 will be closed southbound across the bridge overnight, including the entry slip road at junction 22, while we remove the existing contraflow.

From Saturday 10 until Tuesday 13 September, the A12 will be closed northbound across the bridge overnight, including the junction 21 entry slip road, while we reinstall the contraflow northbound. When the A12 is closed, drivers will take the diversion route described above. During this closure, we will swap the contraflow so that we can work on the northbound side of the bridge.

Once in place, this contraflow will keep two lanes of traffic running in both directions, albeit in narrow lanes and the reduced speed limit. There will be three lanes on the northbound side (including one southbound), and one on the southbound side.

A12 Gorleston to Great Yarmouth: road surface surveys

We are surveying the road surface along the A12 from Gorleston to Great Yarmouth in both directions. This will be continue at Links Roundabout on Tuesday 6 September, finishing that night at Victoria End. These will be done between 8pm and 5am, using mobile lane closures and traffic lights where necessary.

A14 Bury St Edmunds: road surface surveys

We are surveying the road surface along the A14 from junction 40 (Higham) to 42 (Westley – Bury St Edmunds west) in both directions. This will be completed on Tuesday 6 September (working for one night only). This will be done between 8pm and 5am, using lane closures.

We are also surveying the road surface along the A14 between junctions 43 (Bury St Edmunds) and 42 (Westley – Bury St Edmunds west) in both directions. This will continue at junction 43 on Monday 5 September, finishing on Friday 9 September. This will be done between 8pm and 5am using lane closures.

A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon major improvements: surveys

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.

Surveys are currently scheduled for:

  • Monday 5 – Friday 9 September: High St, Boxworth – two way traffic light closures (between 9.30am and 3.30pm), Hilton Road, Fenstanton – two way traffic light closures (between 9.30am and 3.30pm), Buckden Road, Brampton – two way traffic light closures (between 9.30am and 3.30pm) and Ermine Street, Godmanchester – two way traffic light closures (between 9.30am and 3.30pm)

  • Monday 5 September: A1 northbound (Brampton Hut) to junction 14 (Alconbury and Huntingdon) – lane closure (between 8pm and 6am)

  • Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 September: A1(M) southbound, junction 15 (Sawtry) to junction 14 (Alconbury and Huntingdon) – lane closures (between 8pm and 6am)

  • Tuesday 6 September: A1 northbound (Brampton Hut) to junction 15 (Sawtry) – lane closure (between 8pm and 6am)

  • Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 September: A1 northbound, Brampton Hut to Alconbury – lane closures (between 8pm and 6am)

  • Wednesday 7 – Friday 9 September: A1(M) southbound, junction 14 (Alconbury and Huntingdon) and Brampton Hut interchange – lane closure (between 8pm and 6am)

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 Dogsthorpe: junction improvements (Peterborough City Council)

Peterborough City Council is continuing its junction improvement work at the A47/A15 Dogsthorpe junction, Peterborough. The work will involve some overnight full closure and 24/7 lane closures on the A47.

For further details, please visit the scheme website.

A138 Chelmer Village, Chelmsford, Essex: Chelmer viaduct replacement

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

Works are now on-going under the structure to facilitate installation of grass cell and prepare permanent maintenance roads.

Demolition works are now substantially completed. Fencing and landscaping works are presently ongoing along with the removal of temporary haul roads.

A428 St Neots to Caxton: road repairs

We are working to repair and improve the A428 between St Neots and Caxton in four separate sections. We will be working on weeknights between 8pm and 6am and expect this work to be finished by November.

Stretches of the A428 will be closed while we are working. Currently we are working between the St Neots roundabout (junction with the B1428) and the Tesco roundabout (junction with Barford Road), from Wednesday 7 September until Monday 12 September.

When heading westbound, drivers will be diverted to take the A1198 at Caxton Gibbet, at Godmanchester follow the A14 westbound to junction 21, and at Brampton Hut take the A1 southbound and follow the A1 southbound to Wyboston roundabout, where the diversion ends. Drivers heading eastbound will follow this diversion in reverse.

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Published 5 September 2016