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Planned roadworks in the East of England: weekly summary for Tuesday 29 March to Sunday 3 April 2016

Summary for 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

A421 Bedford: bridge repairs

We are repairing the bridge joints at Castlemill Viaduct on the A421 by Bedford and Willington. We will be working on Wednesday 30 march between 8pm and 6am. The A421 will be closed westbound while we are working, between the junction with the A4280 St Neots Road and the junction with the A600 High Road. There will be a clearly signed diversion in place whereby drivers will take the A4280 Goldington Road, then Newnham Avenue, Longholme Way, Rope Walk and then the A6 at Ampthill Road to re-join the A421.

A120 Coggeshall: roads renewal

We are repairing the surface of the A120 at two sites – at the junction with Colne Road/B1024 (north of Coggeshall), and at the junction with Hollies Road/Bridge Hall Road between Bradwell and the A131 at Braintree. We will be working at Coggeshall on Tuesday 29 March and at Bradwell on Wednesday 30 March, working between 8pm and 6am. We will close lanes and use traffic lights to allow drivers through while we are working.

A11 Thetford to Snetterton: roads renewal

We are repairing the surface of the A11 northbound at three sites – by the Brettenham Heath National Nature Reserve east of Thetford, at Larling, and at Snetterton. We will be working from Tuesday 29 March to Friday 1 April, between 8pm and 6am. The A11 will be closed where we are working on it and there will be a clearly signed diversion in place. Drivers will be diverted to take the A1075 to Thetford, the A1066 to the A140 roundabout at Scole, then take the A140 north to Norwich and then the A47 west to re-join the A11 southbound at the Thickthorn roundabout.

A1 Tempsford: sign repair

We are replacing a vehicle-activated warning sign and repairing another one at the northern approach to the Tempsford Bends on the A1. We will be working from Tuesday 29 to Thursday 31 March, between 8pm and 6am. We will close one lane of the A1 northbound at this location while we are working.

A5 Hockliffe: sign repair

We are replacing a vehicle-activated warning sign on the A5 approaching Hockliffe. We will be working from Thursday 31 March to Saturday 2 April, between 8pm and 6am. We will have a lane closed and use temporary traffic lights while we are working.

M11 Ickleton: roads renewal

We are repairing the surface of the M11 northbound at junction 9 (Ickleton/A11). We will be working from Friday 1 to Monday 4 April, between 9pm and 6am. While we are working there will be two lanes closed on the M11 northbound and the exit slip road for the A11 will also be closed. There will be a clearly signed diversion in place whereby drivers will continue north to exit the M11 at junction 10, then head east on the A505 to join the A11.

Ongoing work

A12 Hopton: roads renewal

We are working to repair the surface of the A12 southbound between the Lowestoft Road roundabout (Hopton on Sea) and the junction with Jay Lane. We will be working from Thursday 31 March to Friday 1 April, between 8pm and 6am. The A12 will be closed where we are working and there will be a clearly signed diversion in place. Drivers will be diverted north on the A12 towards Great Yarmouth, then south at the William Adams Way roundabout, onto the A143 towards Beccles, then the A146 and A1117 past Lowestoft and onto the A12 northbound towards Hopton.

M1: sign maintenance

We are working to maintain and improve the overhead gantries on the M1 northbound between junctions 6 (Bricket Wood/A405 North Orbital Road) and 8 (Hemel Hempstead). The M1 will be closed between the two junctions while we work between 10pm and 5am from Tuesday 29 March to Saturday 2 April. There will be a clearly signed diversion route, whereby drivers will take the A405 North Orbital Road from junction 6 north to St Albans, before taking the A414 west to re-join the M1 at junction 8.

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.

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.

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.

You can stay informed of latest closures and works on our website.

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.

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 6am.

This week we are:

  • working on the M40 northbound at junction 1 (Uxbridge) as the motorway goes over the junction, from Tuesday 29 to Thursday 31 March. Drivers will exit at junction 1 and then re-join at the same junction on the other side of our works.
  • working on the M40 southbound exit slip road at junction 14 (A452/Bishop’s Tachbrook), from Wednesday 30 to Thursday 31 March. With the slip road closed, there will be a clearly signed diversion route in place whereby drivers will continue south on the M40 to exit at junction 12, return north on the M40 to exit at junction 13, then take the A452 to junction 14.
  • working on the M40 southbound entry slip road at junction 13 (A452/Bishop’s Tachbrook), from Wednesday 30 to Thursday 31 March. With the slip road closed, there will be a clearly signed diversion route in place whereby drivers will take the A452 to join the M40 at junction 14, travel north to exit at junction 15, then return southbound to junction 13.
  • working on the M40 southbound at junction 1A (M25) as the M40 passes over the M25, from Thursday 31 March to Saturday 2 April. Drivers will exit at junction 1A to join the M25 at junction 16, head north to exit the M25 at junction 17 and then return south to re-join the M40 southbound.

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 junction started on 25 January and will be completed late March. 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. Night-time road closures will be required on 22 and 23 March on the A12 at Artillery Way, High Street and Old Nelson Street in both directions between St Peters Street roundabout and Battery Green roundabout between 6.30pm and 7am.

A12 Lowestoft – Gunton Hall Pinch Point

Work to the existing eastern footpath between Gunton Avenue & Bentley Drive Roundabout will start on 18 January until 1 April. 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 early May. 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. There will be further work for almost two weeks towards the end of April. 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 7am.

A12 Witham to Marks Tey

Works to the existing northern footpath on the A12 between Witham & Marks Tey and A1304 through Kelvedon, started on 25 January and will last until the end of April. 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 and finish by the end of April. 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 until the end of March.

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 until early May.

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 until the end of March. 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 three 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 late February and finish in April. 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.

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. From Wednesday 16 March, we are starting work on installing beams for the new M1 junction 11A bridge and B579 Luton Road bridge. This work will continue until 10 April and we will need to close the M1, one direction at a time and overnight only between 10pm and 6am during the work, as well as close lanes in the opposite direction to the full closure when required, to carry out the work safely.

Overnight closures next week:

  • Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 March and 1 April beam lift for the Luton Road Bridge - M1 southbound full closure, M1 northbound lane closures.
  • Saturday 2 April beam lift for Luton Road M1 Northbound full closure, M1 southbound lane closures

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 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.

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 stay informed of latest closures and works on our [website.] (http://www.highways.gov.uk/east_subscribe)

This week we are repairing drainage on the A12 at Colchester between junction 27 and 29, with work expected to be completed by the end of the month. We will be working in both directions under lane closure.

We are reconstructing an embankment north of Colchester at junction 29, with work expected to be completed by early May. The A12 will be closed northbound beneath junction 29 while we are working, with drivers diverted to exit at the junction and re-join on the other side of the works.

On Tuesday 29 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 and/or traffic light closures are currently scheduled on:

  • Tuesday 29 March: A1307, Cambridge – carriageway/slip road closures. Diversion along Cambridge Northern Bypass to Junction 32, Histon then along B1049 to Huntingdon Road
  • Friday 1 April: A14 eastbound, junction 31 to Cambridge Northern bypass – carriageway/slip road closures. Non-motorway traffic will be diverted A1307, then along B1049 to A14, junction 32 (Histon). Motorway traffic will be diverted along M11 to Junction 12, then north along M11 back to Girton, then onto the A14 at junction 31 (Girton).

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 almost complete, we have some drainage and repair work to carry out which 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. Much of the work will be undertaken within lane closures.

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 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.

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.Initial off-line pavement surfacing works have been carried out on the embankment and is now ongoing over the viaduct.

We are installing the vehicle parapet rails and work has commenced on installing the vehicle restraint system. Work to the traffic islands at either end of the tie in is also underway.

The A138 Chelmer Viaduct will be closed for new bridge work and will include overnight weekend work on Saturday 2 April from 8pm until Monday 4 April at 6am and again on Saturday 16 April from 8pm to Monday 18 April at 6am. Local diversion routes will be in place on both sides of the existing A138 viaduct between the Boreham Interchange and the Army and Navy Roundabout via the Junction 17 of the A12 and the A1114 Southend Road.

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Published 24 March 2016