East of England Weekly Roadworks update from the Highways Agency for Monday 3 - Sunday 10 October
M1 J10-13 HARD SHOULDER RUNNING SCHEME - GANTRY INSTALLATION
Work will be carried out overnight on Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October to install three further gantries over the M1 between junctions 10 and 12. In order to carry out the work the traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction after 10pm. Once this has taken place Bedfordshire Police will start a rolling road block which will slow traffic down and bring it to a stop for approximately 20 minutes while the gantry is lifted and bolted into place. This is expected to take place between midnight and 3am, when traffic flows are at their lowest. There will be a further gantry put in place on Saturday 8 October.
A12 ESSEX - BRIDGE REPAIR WORK NEAR COLCHESTER
There will be a contraflow in place from Saturday 1 October at 8pm until 6am on Monday 3 October as part of the repair work currently being carried out on the Birchwood Bridge which crosses over the A12 at Langham. The work, which is due to be completed by Friday 7 October, will affect the A12 between the Crown Interchange (junction 29) and the junction of the A12 and Ipswich Road near Stratford St Mary. There is a 50 mph temporary speed limit on the A12 in both directions on approaches to the work with a 40mph speed limit past the works area.
A47 NORFOLK OVERNIGHT LANE CLOSURES FOR OVERHEAD REWIRING NEAR SWAFFHAM
Overhead line re-wiring work by the National Grid is continuing between Norwich and Walpole. On Saturday 1 October there will be a contraflow in place on the A47 at Necton between 8pm and 6am, as part of the work to upgrade and refurbish the overhead power lines. There will be a 50 mph speed restriction on the approaches to the work, with traffic lights and a 10 mph speed restriction through the contraflow.
A1 BEDFORDSHIRE OVERNIGHT LANE CLOSURES
One lane of the northbound carriageway between Diddington and Southoe will be closed overnight on Monday 3 October between 8pm and 6am. The closure will be in place to enable investigation work to be carried out for future replacement of safety barriers. There will be a further overnight lane closure on the northbound carriageway between the Black Cat Roundabout (A1/A428) and Sandy on Tuesday 4 October between 8pm and 6am. The closure will be in place to enable shrub and tree clearance and investigation of existing drainage system.
A11 OVERNIGHT CLOSURES AT WYMONDHAM
Work to surface treat sections of the A11 near Wymondham will start on Saturday 1 October until Thursday 13 October for ten nights (Saturday 1 – Friday 7 October) and Monday 10 - Thursday 13 October. Work will take place between 8pm and 6am. The A11 northbound will be closed overnight from Saturday 1 October until Wednesday 5 October between the Spooner Row Interchange exit slip road and the Tuttles Lane Interchange entry slip road. Entry to the A11 northbound from A11/B1135 Browick Road Interchange will not be permitted when work takes place. The diversion for northbound traffic will be from the Spooner Row Interchange exit slip road signed via the B1172 London Road, B1172 Harts Road, B1172 Harts Farm Road and rejoin the A11 at the Tuttles Lane entry slip road.
The A11 southbound will be closed overnight from Thursday 6 October until 6am on Thursday 13 October between the Tuttles Lane Interchange and Spooner Row Interchange. Southbound traffic will leave the A11 at Tuttles Lane Interchange exit slip road and follow the reverse of the diversion detailed above.
As the northbound entry slip road to the A11 at Tuttles Lane interchange and the southbound entry slip road to the A11 at Spooner Row form part of the general diversion route, these will only be closed when the A11 is open. These slip roads will be closed only on Wednesday 12 October, weather permitting. with local signing.
A47 CAMBRIDGESHIRE OVERNIGHT CLOSURE NEAR WISBECH
A scheme to resurface the A47 between the A47/B198 Redmoor Roundabout near Wisbech and the A47/A141 Guyhirn Roundabout is set to start on Thursday 6 October. The A47 will be closed in both directions between the Redmoor Roundabout and Guyhirn Roundabout between 8pm and 6am for two nights with restricted access on to the A47 from Nettle Bank, Long Drove and South Brink Road. There will be a clearly signed diversion in place for through traffic on the A47 – westbound traffic will be directed via Outwell and Downham Market on the A1101 and the A1122 then along the A10 to Ely and west on the A142 to Chatteris where it will join the A141 north to March and rejoin the A47 at Guyhirn Roundabout. Eastbound traffic will follow the same diversion in reverse. There will also be advance signing at King’s Lynn to allow traffic to use the A10 to Ely, then via Chatteris on the A142 and the A141 to rejoin the A47 at Guyhirn.
M1 J10 TO J13 BEDFORDSHIRE HARD SHOULDER RUNNING SCHEME
The following work is being carried out as part of the M1 J10 to J13 Managed Motorway scheme to provide additional capacity by opening up the hard shoulder as a running lane. There will be overnight sliproad closures at Junctions 11 and 13 as follows:
- Junction 11, Southbound exit sliproad: Monday 3, Tuesday 4, Wednesday 5, and Thursday 6, Friday 7 October.
- Junction 11, Southbound entry sliproad: Tuesday 4, Wednesday 5, Thursday 6 October.
- Junction 13, Southbound entry sliproad: Monday 3, Tuesday 4, Wednesday 5 October.
- Junction 10, Northbound up and over: Saturday 8 October.
A contraflow is in operation on the M1 between junctions 12 and 13. During peak hours three lanes will remain open in both directions. A contraflow remains in operation from north of Junction 11 to Junction 10, diverting a lane of southbound traffic onto the northbound carriageway. Traffic on the northbound carriageway is using the hard shoulder as an additional lane. This allows for three lanes of traffic in each direction during the day whilst work takes place. This will continue until July 2011. There are currently hard shoulder closures between Junctions 11 and 12, with a speed restriction of 50 mph. In addition, the same speed restriction is in force to junctions 10 and 13. The enforced 50mph speed limit is there for the safety of the travelling public and the workforce on site. This traffic management is in place for the work on the Hard Shoulder Running scheme to reduce congestion and improve safety on the 15 mile stretch of the M1 in Bedfordshire. Motorists are advised to allow extra time for their journeys whilst the road works are taking place.
M1 MAINTENANCE WORK NEAR MILTON KEYNES
Overnight work to renew road studs and markings on the M1 between junction 15 (Northampton) and junction 13 (Brogborough) started on Monday 19 September for 13 weekday nights. There will be various single lane closures on the southbound carriageway. Work will be carried out between 9pm and 5am on the nights of Monday to Thursday and 11pm and 5am on Friday nights.
A1(M) NEAR PETERBOROUGH - PHASE TWO OF RESURFACING WORK
Work to improve the surface of the A1(M) southbound between junctions 16 and 15 near Peterborough started on Friday 29 July. Phase two of the work is now underway on a 1.5mile section south of junction 16. A 50mph speed restriction will be in place and the entry sliproad closed at junction 16 with a clearly marked diversion in place via the B1043. While the work is taking place three narrow lanes will be open on weekdays and two lanes at weekends.
SPEED LIMIT ON A1 SOUTHBOUND AND NORTHBOUND NEAR PETERBOROUGH
A 50mph speed restriction has been introduced on the southbound and northbound carriageway of the A1 at Water Newton while investigations are carried out on the central reservation.
A11 SAFETY WORK BETWEEN CAMBRIDGE AND NEWMARKET
Work to improve access and signage to units used by the emergency services when an incident happens on the A11 started on Monday 22 August and will continue until Wednesday 7 October, weather permitting. The work will take place on weekdays between 9am and 3.30pm.
A12 ESSEX - BRIDGE REPAIR WORK NEAR COLCHESTER
Repair work on the Birchwood Bridge which crosses over the A12 at Langham started on Tuesday 20 September. The work, which is due to be completed by Friday 7 October, will affect the A12 between the Crown Interchange (junction 29) and the junction of the A12 and Ipswich Road near Stratford St Mary. There will be a temporary speed limit on the A12 in both directions throughout the work.
A lane closure with two-way traffic signals will be in place on Birchwood Bridge over the A12 for part of the work period. Local signed diversions will be in place for traffic wishing to join the A12 from three adjoining roads within the work area.
A14 Cambridgeshire - overnight maintenance work between Girton Interchange and Spittals Interchange.
Overnight maintenance work started on 22 September on a 10-mile section of the A14 in Cambridgeshire. Work will take place overnight between 9pm and 6am Monday to Thursday and 10pm and 6am on Friday, and will involve carriageway closures with clearly signed diversions. It is due to be completed by Monday 3 October, weather permitting. Phase 2 of the works started on Wednesday 28 September on the eastbound carriageway between the Spittals and Girton Interchanges. Eastbound traffic will be diverted onto the A1 southbound at Brampton Hut to join the A428 eastbound at St Neots and rejoin the A14 eastbound at Girton Interchange. All other traffic should follow locally signed diversions.
A14 SUFFOLK SPEED RESTRICTION AT TRIMLEY INTERCHANGE
A 50mph speed restriction has been introduced on the eastbound and westbound carriageways of the A14 at Trimley Interchange (junction 59) while investigations are carried out on both nearside verges and central reservation.
A14 SUFFOLK - A14 CORRIDOR TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME
Work to install the final stage of the £70m jam-busting technology project for the A14 began in Needham Market in September 2010. The project will see an electronic messaging system operating from the M1 at Catthorpe in Leicestershire through to the Port of Felixstowe. The majority of the signs are now working and queue protection has been switched on at a number of junctions. As the scheme is now functioning messages set on the signs will reflect current traffic conditions and should be observed.
The technology will benefit road users by providing them with advanced warnings of queuing or stationery traffic ahead. The signs will also provide information about expected journey times and information on diversions when they are necessary. The use of CCTV cameras will provide information to help improve traffic flow and monitor major incidents including improving response times to incidents by the emergency services.
A14/A12 COPDOCK INTERCHANGE & A14/A154 DOCK SPUR ROUNDABOUT IMPROVEMENTS
A scheme to improve the A14/A12 Copdock Interchange near Ipswich and the A14/A154 Dock Spur Roundabout at Felixstowe started on Monday 23 May. The work will be carried out 24 hours a day and will continue for seven months. During the work a temporary 40mph speed limit will be in force at both junctions, with a 50mph speed limit on the junction approaches. At the southern exit from the Dock Spur roundabout the offside lane of the A14 will be closed. There will be lane closures in place most nights and on a limited number of nights there will be carriageway closures or convoy working, with dates to be published once confirmed. The scheme has been designed to accommodate additional traffic generated by the Port of Felixstowe expansion and is being funded by the Felixstowe Dock and Railway Company.
A120 ESSEX, MARKS FARM ROUNDABOUT IMPROVEMENT WORK
Work started on Monday 1 August for 45 weekday nights (8pm to 6am only), weather permitting, to improve traffic flows around Marks Farm roundabout on the A120 near Braintree. The work is being carried out as a condition of planning permission for a supermarket expansion nearby. The dual section of the A120 eastbound approaching the roundabout will be reduced to one lane for the duration of the works and four way temporary traffic lights will be in place to control traffic around the roundabout as required during the overnight works. Overnight work using traffic signals is now in place at the roundabout, 8pm – 5am, until Saturday 8 October. The work is expected to be complete by mid-October.