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Planned roadworks in the East of England: weekly summary for Monday 7 to Sunday 13 March 2016

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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

A14 Stowmarket: Hill House viaduct repairs

We are repairing the A14 on the Hill House viaduct between junctions 49 and 50 as it passes Stowmarket. This work begins on Tuesday 8 March and should be completed by the end of June. We will be working between 8pm and 6am on weekdays and some weekends during this period. While we are working we will close the A14 in one direction, installing a contraflow system in place so that traffic can still use the A14. The A14 will have to be closed for one night in each direction while we install the contraflow. When the A14 is closed, there will be a clearly signed diversion route in place. There will be a 40mph speed limit in place 24/7 throughout the works to protect the ramps and exposed parts of the road we are working on.

There will be two weekends where we expect 24 hour closures. Further details of these closures, which are dependent on works progress, will be released closer to the time. Throughout the weekend closures there will be a clearly signed diversion route in place.

A47 Acle roundabout: pavement investigations

We will be carrying out pavement investigations from 9 March to 11 March on the A47 westbound from Acle roundabout to the end of the westbound entry slip road. During the investigations overnight lane closures will be in place.

Ongoing work

M1 Luton to Brogborough: pavement investigations

We will be carrying out pavement investigations between junctions 10 (Luton south) and 13 (Brogborough) until Thursday 24 March. During the investigations, overnight lane closures will be in place.

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 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.

In the same location we are repairing and improving the M11 between junctions 8 (Stansted Airport) and 6 (M25). Work should be completed by mid-March. There will be lane closures and speed restrictions throughout the works and a number of road closures between junctions 8 and 6, with all work taking place between 10pm and 6am.

This week we are resurfacing sections of the M11 northbound between junctions 7 (Harlow) and 8 (Stansted airport) between Monday 7 and Friday 11 March, with the motorway closed between the two junctions while we are working. There will be a clearly signed diversion route whereby drivers will take the A414 past Harlow, the A1184 through Sawbridgeworth, and the A120 around Bishop’s Stortford to re-join the M11 at junction 8.

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 June. The work is part of Highways England’s commitment to improve safety and ensure better journey experiences across the East region’s busiest roads.

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This week we are repairing the embankment and the bridge on the A1307 Huntingdon Road. A lane closure is in place in both directions as well as a 40mph speed limit, to remain in place 24 hours a day with the other lane remaining open

We are renewing and restoring the safety barrier in the centre of the road between junctions 31 (M11 interchange) and 34 (Horningsea). We will be working between 8pm and 6am, with work expected to be completed in April. While we are working there will be lane closures in both directions between the junctions overnight with a 40mph limit throughout the works.

We are resurfacing the northbound exit slip of junction 13 of the M11 (Madingley Road) over 6 weekends (Friday night to Monday morning) until Monday 7 March, working between 10pm and 5am. Northbound traffic will continue north on the M11 to junction 14 and head east on the A14 to junction 32, returning westbound on the A14 to the A428 and then to the entry slip from the A1303 where the diversion ends. Traffic wishing to return to the A1303 Madingley Road will continue to the Hardwick junction taking the exit and return east on the A428 to the Madingley exit slip, where the diversion ends.

M40: Essential 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, re-painting white lines, vegetation clearance, lighting maintenance and repair works. There will be overnight closures while we are working between 10pm and 7am.

This week we are working on the M40 northbound at junction 1 (Uxbridge) on the exit slip road overnight on Monday 7 March. Drivers will be diverted to leave the A40 at junction 1 northbound, travel around the Denham roundabout to join the M40.

We are working on the M40 southbound at junction 6 (Lewknor B4009) on the slip roads overnight on Monday 7 March. Drivers will be diverted to take the M40 southbound and exit at junction 5 to return northbound for the entry slip closure, and to take the M40 north to junction 7 and return southbound for the exit slip closure.

We are working on the M40 southbound at junction 3 (Flackwell Heath) slip roads overnight on Tuesday 8 March, with work finishing at 6am. For the entry slip closure, drivers will be diverted to travel from the A40/A4094 roundabout along the A40 past Beaconsfield to the roundabout with the A355, then take this to junction 2 to join the M40 southbound. For the exit slip closure, drivers will continue north on the M40 to leave at junction 4, exit and take the A404 to High Wycombe, then to the A40 and the M40 at junction 3.

We are working on the M40 southbound at junction 10 (Ardley A43) slip roads overnight on Thursday 10 March, with work finishing at 6am. Traffic looking to exit the M40 will continue south to junction 9, exit and return north to junction 10. Traffic looking to join the M40 will travel north to junction 11, exit and return south to junction 10.

We are working on the M40 at junction 1 (Uxbridge) southbound entry slip road and northbound entry slip road overnight on Saturday 12 March. Southbound traffic will be diverted to continue from the M40 to the A40, leave at Swakeleys roundabout and join the A40 to exit at junction 1 Denham roundabout. Northbound traffic will take the reverse of this diversion.

M40 junction 1A to 10, Bucks and Oxfordshire: overhead signs replacement

We are replacing the overhead message signs on the M40 between London and Bicester with new models. There will be hard shoulder closures and we will be working between 9.30am and 4.30pm as work begins. We will be replacing the signs between 10pm and 5am, with some slip roads closed. This work will be completed by the end of March.

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.

A12 Lowestoft – High Street/Old Nelson

Work to the existing crossing at the Artillery Way/Old Nelson street/High Street junction started on 25 January for 6 weeks. The existing controlled pedestrian crossing will be removed and replaced with a realigned crossing along High Street, including the installation of new signage, surfacing and pavements to its approaches. Work will be carried out under off peak lane closures using 2 way temporary traffic signals between 9:30am and 3:30pm. The existing pedestrian crossing will be decommissioned and a temporary crossing put in place for the duration of the works. Work will take place overnight to install the traffic signals between 6:30pm and 7am starting on 5 March.

A12 Lowestoft – Gunton Hall Pinch Point

Work to the existing eastern footpath between Gunton Avenue & Bentley Drive Roundabout will start on 18 January until 31 March. The existing eastern footpath will be widened, operations include the removal of trees, reconstruction and installation of new signage, fencing, resurfacing and lining. Work will be carried out under lane closures using 2 way temporary traffic signals between 9:30am and 3:30pm. Night work may be required for surfacing and road markings between 6:30pm and 7am.

A12 Lowestoft Camden Street/High Street

Work to the existing eastern and western footpaths on A12 Jubilee Way between St Margaret’s Street and Camden Street will start on 18 January to the end of March. The work includes 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. Work will be carried out under lane closures between 9:30am and 3:30pm. Night work will be required for the traffic signal connections, street lighting installation, surfacing and street markings between 6:30pm and 7am.

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 will start on 18 January until the end of March. The works include 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. Works will be carried out under off peak lane closures between 9:30 am and 3:30 pm. Night work will be required to install duct crossings for the street lighting and traffic signal, and surfacing and lining between 6:30pm and 7:00 am.

A12 Witham to Marks Tey

Works to the existing northern footpath on the A12 between Witham and Marks Tey and A1304 through Kelvedon, started on 25 January and will last approximately 11 weeks. The existing northern footpath is to be widened and operations include, full depth reconstruction and the installation of new kerbs, signage, fencing, resurfacing and lining. Works will be carried out under night lane closures between 9pm and 5am.

A12 Lowestoft – Bentley Drive/Foxburrow Hill roundabout

Works to the existing eastern and western footpaths on A12 Yarmouth Road between Foxburrow Hill Roundabout and Foxes Walk will start on 15 February for 8 weeks. The works include 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. Works will be carried out under off peak lane closures between 9:30am and 3:30pm. Night work will be required to install duct crossings for the street lighting and traffic signal, as well as surfacing and lining between 6:30pm and 7am.

A12 Lowestoft – Foxburrow Hill

Works to the existing western footpath on A12 Yarmouth Road between Weston Road and Foxes Walk will start on 7 March for 2 weeks. The works include the clearance of overgrown vegetation, installation of edgings, tactile paving, signage and surfacing. Works will be carried out under off peak lane closures between 9:30am and 3:30pm.

A12 Katwijk Way – St Peters Street

Work to the existing eastern and western footpaths on Katwijk Way and St Peters Street between St Peters Street Roundabout and Clapham Road Central started on 22 February and will last 9 weeks.

The work includes 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. The work includes full construction, installation of new kerbs, paving, street lighting, signage, and lining.

Works will be carried out under off peak lane closures between 9:30am and 3:30pm.

Night work will be required to remove/install street lighting, install traffic signals and traffic loops, and install road markings between the hours of 6:30pm and 7am.

A120 Parkeston roundabout

Work to the existing footpath on the A120 Parkeston Roundabout started on 22 February and will last for four weeks. The work includes improvements to the uncontrolled crossings and footway widening to the northern and southern sides of the Parkeston roundabout, and resurfacing of the eastern approaches to the roundabout. The work includes full construction, installation of new kerbs, and edgings, surfacing, signage, and lining. There will be 24 hour lane closures to the roundabout approaches with work being carried out between 7.30am and 5pm.

A5 Dunstable North

Work to upgrade the existing pedestrian crossing to a toucan crossing on A5 between junctions of Winfield Street and Regents Street will start on 28 February for 3 weeks. The work includes the installation of a new toucan crossing, installing new kerbs, edgings and paving, signage, and lining to its approaches. The work will be carried out under night lane closures using traffic signals between 7pm and 6am.

A47 Hockering

Work to the A47 to provide a path linking existing cycle routes between North Tuddenham and Hockering will begin. The work includes construction of a new cycle path along the verge of the A47, installation of new kerbs, edgings and paving, fencing, drainage, signage and lining. The work will be carried out under lane closures overnight with traffic signals between Fox Lane Bridge and Mill Lane from 7.15pm until 7am.

A1(M) Huntingdon to Peterborough: overhead signs replacement

We are replacing the overhead message signs on the A1(M) between Huntingdon and Peterborough with new models. There will be some overnight lane and slip roads closures, which will be clearly signposted in advance with a diversion to the next A1(M) junction and back. A third phase of work to switch the signs on, which will also require lane and slip road closures. The work is planned for completion in spring 2016.

We are building a new 2.9 mile, 2 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 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:

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 3 way traffic lights will be on A5/A505 between 8pm and 6pm.

There will be 2 way, off peak traffic lights occasionally in place for daytime work on the B579 Luton Rd near Vauxhall and into Chalton village.

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

A12 Essex: improvements

We are working to improve the A12 in Essex and Suffolk, making the road safer and improving the road surface. We are also putting in place new signs to make the road easier to navigate. Work at various locations along the route will be ongoing until spring 2016. The work is part of Highways England’s commitment to improve safety and ensure better journey experiences across the East region’s busiest roads. Works take place overnight between 8pm and 6am and not at weekends so as to minimise disruption for drivers. You can sign up to stay informed of latest closures and works.

This week we are reconstructing an embankment at Colchester, with work expected to be completed by mid-March. The A12 will be closed northbound between junction 27 and 29 while we are working, with traffic diverted onto the A133 and A1232 to re-join the A12 at junction 29. On Friday 11 March the full closure will be removed for one night and we will be working under lane closure.

We are repairing drainage on the A12 at Colchester between junction 27 and 29, with work expected to be completed by mid-March. This work will be undertaken during the same northbound closure as the aforementioned embankment works and traffic will use the same diversion route. We will also be working southbound under lane closure with speed restrictions in place.

We are replacing road markings and road studs at various locations on the A12. On Monday 7 March we will be working between junctions 29 (A120/A1232) and 30 (B1029). The southbound entry slip road will be closed from Ipswich Road and a lane will also be closed on the A12 past the slip road while we are working. Traffic will be diverted onto Ipswich Road, Gun Hill, The Street, Lower Street, Upper Street and the B1029 to join the A12 southbound at junction 30.

On Monday 7 March we will be working between junctions 29 (A120/A1232) and 30 (B1029). The southbound entry slip road will be closed from Birchwood Road and a lane will also be closed on the A12 past the slip road while we are working. Traffic will be diverted onto Birchwood Road, Wick Road then Park Lane to join the A12 northbound before returning south at junction 30.

On Tuesday 8 March we will be working on the A12 southbound on the layby adjacent with the Shell garage south of junction 25 (A120 Marks Tey). The layby will be closed and a lane will also be closed on the A12 past the layby while we are working.

On Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 March we will be working on the A12 southbound between junctions 24 (Feering) and 23 (Kelvedon), with the A12 closed between the two junctions while we are working. There will be a clearly signed diversion route whereby drivers will take the B1024 through Kelvedon to rejoin the A12 at junction 23.

On Friday 11 March we will be working on the northbound entry slip at junction 29 (A120/A1232) and the Turnpike Close northbound entry slip. For junction 29 entry slip road closure, traffic will be diverted southbound to junction 28 and return northbound past junction 29. For Turnpike Close entry slip closure, traffic will be diverted via Turnpike Close and Old Ipswich Road to join A12 southbound at junction 29 and return northbound via junction 28.

A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon major improvements: survey work

We are currently carrying out topographical, drainage, pavement and street lighting surveys. We expect to complete these by the end of March.

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 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 closures are currently scheduled overnight on:

  • Monday 7: Wednesday 9 March 2016: A1 Northbound at Alconbury
  • Monday 7 March: Thursday 10 March: two-way traffic light closure on B1043 Offord Road
  • Wednesday 9 March: A14 eastbound and westbound between junction 21(Brampton Hut) and junction 20 (Ellington)
  • Thursday 10 March: two way traffic light closure at Wooley Road, Alconbury
  • Thursday 10 March: A14 westbound junction 21(Brampton Hut) to Junction 20 (Ellington)
  • Friday 11 March: A14 eastbound junction 21(Brampton Hut) to junction 20 (Ellington)
  • Friday 11 March: two way traffic light closure at Silver Street, Godmanchester

A14 Ipswich, Suffolk: Orwell Bridge safety improvements

Work to introduce a new speed limit, improve road markings and install new traffic signs as part of a package of measures to improve safety on the A14 Orwell Bridge in Suffolk is underway and is expected to complete by spring 2016. This work will also see the installation of average speed cameras enforcing a new speed limit of 60mph.

Although much of the works to date has been undertaken within lane closures, from Monday 7 to Tuesday 8 March there will be overnight road closures between 10pm and 5am. The A14 eastbound will be closed between junctions 56 (Wherstead) and 57 (Ransomes Europark).

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.

The reinforced deck construction is nearly completed on both sides of the River Chelmer. The earthworks are well advanced either side of the main viaduct structure. Initial off-line pavement surfacing works have been carried out on the embankment. Parapet installation is completed on the south side and is ongoing on the north side. Waterproofing works have commenced on the northern deck and parapet guardrail remains ongoing. There will be some closures which will affect traffic travelling southbound near the Army and Navy roundabout overnight on Thursday 10 March and will be removed the following morning. This is to allow the removal of some of the existing infrastructure at the tie in.

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Published 4 March 2016