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Repairs and resurfacing to A14 and Orwell Bridge will mean weeks of road closures for night-time travellers

PUBLISHED: 22:53 03 November 2017

Orwell Bridge

Orwell Bridge

Drivers are facing weeks of overnight closures on the A14 and Orwell Bridge to allow vital repairs and resurfacing work to take place.

Lengthy diversions will be set up in places during the work, which is scheduled to start on Monday and last until January 19 – although the project will be suspended during the Christmas period.

It comes just weeks after the Orwell Bridge was affected by night-time closures to allow for a major inspection of the 35-year-old structure.

Highways England said its contractors would be resurfacing and repairing the dual carriageway, between junctions 40 (Barrow) and 43 (Bury St Edmunds central – A134), and between junctions 55 (Copdock Interchange – A12) and 62 (Port of Felixstowe).

Work will take place on weeknights only, between 8pm and 6am, and will be suspended between Saturday, December 23 and Tuesday, January 2.

When the A14 is closed, there will be a clearly signed diversion in place.

For the closures at Bury St Edmunds, drivers travelling eastbound will take the A1304 to join the A11, and then take the A1101 back to re-join the A14 at junction 43. Drivers travelling westbound will follow this diversion in reverse. There will also be temporary traffic lights in place in both directions on the A14 while work is done.

The closures closer to Ipswich will involve diversions on the Felixstowe peninsula.

The first of these will see the eastbound carriageway closed from the junction at Seven Hills interchange until December 1, with drivers taking the A1214, then the A1189, followed by the A1156 to re-join the A14 at junction Trimley.

From December 4 to December 15, eastbound will again be affected – this time from Trimley St Martin with drivers diverted partly into Felixstowe and back.

Later stages will see traffic diverted through the Trimleys and down to Dock Gate One.

A Highways England spokesman said: “The work is part of a wider package of maintenance work Highways England is delivering across Essex and Suffolk, comprising 58 schemes worth £22m.

“It will also see work including resurfacing, safety improvements and environmental schemes on the A11, A12 and A120, too.”

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