A multi-million pound scheme to improve safety at the A1 Elkesley junction with Jockey Lane gets underway next week.
The Highways Agency scheme begins on Wednesday 7 May and will be completed next year. It will involve building a two level junction on the A1 north-west of Elkesley, including a new road bridge over the A1.
The existing High Street junction will be relocated and improved, providing access to and from the northbound carriageway of the A1. Access to and from the southbound carriageway will be via the new junction linking to the bridge.
The Jockey Lane junction will be closed to traffic and the existing junction at Twyford Lane will only allow northbound traffic to exit the A1 and enter the village.
Certain side roads and private access will also be closed or diverted and alterations will be made to current junctions. New drainage, lighting and signage will be introduced and the national speed limit will be restored on the A1 north-west of Elkesley.
Graham Littlechild, Project Manager, said:
This scheme will improve safety at the A1 Elkesley junction and enhance connectivity across the village.
Approximately 40,000 vehicles use this busy junction every day and we want to ensure the road is safe for all road users, including pedestrians.
The scheme will also improve journey times and ease congestion.
During construction of the £7.4 million scheme, work will take place on weekdays between 7.30am and 6pm. Some weekend and overnight work may also be necessary and any closures will be publicised in advance.
Traffic management will also be in place with Jockey Lane and all gaps along the A1 central reservation being closed to traffic. The Twyford Lane entry to the A1 northbound will be closed permanently and a speed limit of 40mph will be enforced while work is ongoing. Diversions will be in place and clearly signed.
Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000
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