Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 23°C

min temp: 14°C

Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

24-hour 40mph speed limit on A14 Stowmarket for £1.5m bridge work to start on March 8 and finish this summer

12:32 23 February 2016

Essential bridge maintenance work, worth £1.5 million, will take place on the A14 at Hill House in Stowmarket. Photo: Highways England.

Essential bridge maintenance work, worth £1.5 million, will take place on the A14 at Hill House in Stowmarket. Photo: Highways England.

Archant

Repair work costing £1.5million is to be carried out on a bridge on the A14 in Stowmarket.

Essential bridge maintenance work, worth £1.5 million, will take place on the A14 at Hill House in Stowmarket. Photo: Highways England.Essential bridge maintenance work, worth £1.5 million, will take place on the A14 at Hill House in Stowmarket. Photo: Highways England.

A 24-hour speed limit of 40mph will be in place in both directions in the area of the work at Hill House.

The work, which starts on March 8 and is expected to finish in the summer, will take place overnight from 8pm and 5am. A lane will be closed in both directions during these hours. There will be no lane closures during the day.

But repair work will be carried out during the day over two weekends: April 2/3 and May 7/8, when a lane closure will also be in place.

There will also be occasional overnight closures to install crossovers. Drivers will be diverted off the A14 at junction 49, to the A1308 Tot Hill, Bury Road, Gipping Way, Needham Road (through Stowmarket) and the A1120 back to junction 50.

Karl Brooks, project manager at Highways England, said: “Expansion joints help to protect the structure of the bridge by allowing small movements as traffic passes over it, and also allowing the bridge to expand and contract with seasonal variations in temperature.

“They are designed to last around 30 years or so, and the joints on this bridge have reached the end of their service life and need replacing.

“We will be carrying out this major bridge repair work overnight when it’s generally less busy – minimising disruption to drivers. This work is necessary as the bridge joints need replacing.

“During the day, all the traffic management will be removed and drivers can use both lanes in each direction.

“Throughout the scheme, there will be a speed limit in place, which will be enforced. This is because during the day the exposed bridge joints will be covered with steel plates and the lower speed limit is necessary for driver’s safety and to prevent them from dislodging.”

The area of 40mph will measure just over one mile, Highways England said.

The work is dependent on suitable weather conditions and dates may be subject to change.

3 comments

  • So once they raised enough money in fines . The bridge should be finished in no time. 20 miles of cones and party and his shovel Should be finished in a week

    Report this comment

    Lee mundy

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • No problem with the 40mph limit. My clown car won't go that fast

    Report this comment

    The Clown

    Tuesday, February 23, 2016

  • Maps would be helpful.

    Report this comment

    david peters

    Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

People playing Pokemon Go Picture: ANTONY KELLY

As hundreds of people across Ipswich have taken to playing Pokemon Go on their smartphones, parts of the town centre have become hubs for activity in the game.

Lizzie, Matilda and Florence Dodd enjoy the Pigs Gone Wild sticker album trail in Ipswich.

Today - and every day this summer - we are giving our readers a free packet of Pigs Gone Wild stickers to celebrate the art trail that has been set up in Ipswich.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

A drunken young man stole a laptop from a police car as an officer dealt with Portugal fans celebrating their team’s Euro 2016 final win, a court heard.

The annual Ipswich Sky Ride weaving through the town on Sunday with all ages taking part - should we do more to encourage cycling?

Major improvements to Ipswich town centre’s cycle network could be on the horizon in a bid to make cycling safer and easier.

Ipswich Hospital

Ipswich Hospital has topped a postcode lottery of referrals for people suffering from suspected inflammatory arthritis, new figures have revealed.

Inspector Julian Ditcham with the Drager Alcotest used by Suffolk Constabulary tests a motorist.

A drug driver who was caught drink-driving a month later has been banned from the road for 22 months.

The number of claims received by the council has increased year-by-year since 2013.

A transport boss has insisted that the quality of Suffolk’s roads is improving, despite a rising number of drivers lodging compensation claims as a result of potholes.

A man in his 20s has been injured after a metal pole went through the windscreen of the car he was driving.

According to figures released by The Insolvency Service, more than 400 people declared insolvency in Ipswich last year.

Ipswich had the seventh highest personal insolvency rate in the country in 2015, with hundreds of people unable to pay their debts.

A Stansted Express train at Stansted Airport.

Trespasses on train lines are higher in Ipswich than anywhere else in the east of England, it has been revealed.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24