Delays could hit A14 due to roadworks

FRUSTRATED motorists on the A14 could face delays for nearly three months due to bridge repairs.Once the scheduled work starts on Sunday drivers will face reduced speed limits, narrow lanes and occasional lane closures for 11 weeks while a bridge crossing the busy road is strengthened.

FRUSTRATED motorists on the A14 could face delays for nearly three months due to bridge repairs.

Once the scheduled work starts on Sunday drivers will face reduced speed limits, narrow lanes and occasional lane closures for 11 weeks while a bridge crossing the busy road is strengthened.

Both carriageways between Nacton and the Seven Hills interchanges will be affected while work is carried out on the Felixstowe Road bridge on the A1156.

A spokeswoman for the Highways Agency said the bridge supports need strengthening.


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She said: “When the work is carried out there will be narrow lanes on the A14 for 1.1miles (1.8km) and a temporary speed limit of 40mph with safety cameras.

“The reason for the cameras is to ensure that people are driving slowly for safety reasons because we have people working on the road.

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“So it is for their safety and the safety of drivers because of the narrow lanes.”

The spokeswoman said that work was being carried out between 7.30am and 5pm on Monday to Fridays, between 7.30am and midday on Saturdays and occasionally overnight between 9pm and 5am. Occasional lane closures would be put in place during off-peak times.

She added: “The expected delays are quite low.

“We want to make sure people are aware of it because there are narrow lanes and a speed limit so people should allow extra time because they generally will be slower.

“It is work that needs to be done. They try to do it to minimise traffic problems but if all the work was done overnight then it would take even longer than 11 weeks.

“And we don't need to close the road at all during the work.”

n Are you frustrated by delays on the A14? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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