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Roadworks in Suffolk and Essex to close parts of A14, A12, A120 and A47 Bascule Bridge

PUBLISHED: 18:21 11 February 2018 | UPDATED: 18:21 11 February 2018

Resurfacing work to the concrete carriageway between the Orwell Bridge and Levington will continue.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Resurfacing work to the concrete carriageway between the Orwell Bridge and Levington will continue. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Major roadworks in Suffolk and Essex this week will bring partial and full closures to busy routes including the A14, A12, A120 and A47.

Work will take place to replace the lifting system on the A47 Bascule Bridge. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARYWork will take place to replace the lifting system on the A47 Bascule Bridge. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

Highways England, which is responsible for motorways and major A roads, said its planned road improvements in the coming week would be carried out with the aim of “causing as little disruption as possible”.


Resurfacing work to the concrete carriageway between the Orwell Bridge and Levington will continue, in sections, between 9pm-6am each weekday night. The westbound carriageways will be closed between junctions 59 (Trimley) and 57 (Nacton) with diversions through Felixstowe Road and High Road, through Trimley St Mary and Trimley St Martin.

Verge clearances on the A14 westbound between Felixstowe and Newmarket will continue bringing lane closures in sections between 8pm-6am

Survey work on the A14 between junction 43 (St Saviours) and 44 (Moreton Hall), near Bury St Edmunds, starts on Monday and is expected to last five nights, from 8pm-6am, involving single lane closures.

Embankment repairs to the A14 between junctions 51 and 52,near Needham Market, will continue, bringing lay-by and localised lane closures between 8pm-6am.

Surface repairs to the A14’s westbound carriageway will continue this week between junction 43 to 40, near Bury St Edmunds, bringing closures between 8pm-6am, with diversion along the A1101 and A11.

Concrete repairs to the A14 between junctions 47a-49, near Haughley, begin this week, closing the eastbound carriageway on weeknights between 8pm-6am, when there will be diversion via the B1308.


Repairs to the A12 carriageway between junctions 20 and 19, near Boreham, Essex, will close the southbound carriageway on weeknights between 9pm-6am.

Bridge repairs to Halstead Road over the A12 will continue this week, closing the bridge between 8pm-6am. There will be no restriction on the A12.

Safety repairs to Oaks Bridge on the A12 in Colchester begins this week, bringing lane closures on the A12 and temporary traffic lights beneath the bridge from 8pm-6am.

Vegetation clearance will continue on the A12 in both directions between Ipswich and Brentwood, bringing lane closures between 8pm-6am.

Patching work on sections of the A12 around Witham will start on Monday, involving lane closures for five nights between 8p-6am.

Survey work on the A12 between junction s28 (Colchester North) and 29 (Ardleigh) start on Monday, lasting three nights, with closures between 8pm-6am.


Resurfacing work to the A120 in Braintree will close the eastbound carriageway on weeknights between 8pm-6am from Panners Interchange to Galleys Roundabout. A signed diversion will be in place via the A131, A12 and A120.

Structural repairs to the A120 Crown Bridge in Colchester will close both sides of the bridge at separate times on weeknights between 8pm-6am. Southbound traffic (for the A1232) will be diverted via A12 J28, Axial Way and Severalls Lane to the A1232. Northbound traffic will be diverted west to A12 junction 28 where they can join the A12 northbound carriageway.


Landscape management on the A11 between A14 junction 38 and the Five Ways roundabout in Barton Mills, near Mildenhall, will bring lane closures on weeknights between 8pm-6am.

Road marking renewal along the A11 between Barton Mills and Thetford begins this week, closing the road on weeknights from 8pm-6am, when diversions will be in place via the A1065 to Mundford and the A134 to Thetford.


Traffic light upgrades on the A47 in Gorelston and Great Yarmouth, will bring traffic restrictions. It will be left turn only from Bridge Road, Brasenose Avenue and James Paget Hospital onto the Lowestoft Road. Access to Kennedy Avenue will be via Bridge Road only. The pedestrian crossings at James Paget Hospital and at Beaufort Way will be closed and replaced with nearby temporary pedestrian crossings. Lane closures on all approaches to Beaufort Way.

Resurfacing work on the A47 in Lowestoft between Cart Score and Mill Road, will see carriageway closures overnight between 8pm-6am, with diversions in place.

Work to replace the lifting system on the A47 Bascule Bridge will take place 8pm-6am, closing the bridge. A free bus service on either side of the bridge will be provided to pedestrians and cyclists while the work is ongoing. A clearly signed diversion route will also be in place.


CCTV maintenance continues on the M11 between junctions 8, Stansted and 9, A11, bringing lane closures in both directions overnight between 9pm-5am, for five nights from Monday.

Repairs to damaged safety barriers along the M11 between junctions 6 (M25) and 9 (A11) continue this bringing single lane closures from 9pm-5am on weeknights.

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