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Delays expected with A14 work

PUBLISHED: 15:04 24 June 2003 | UPDATED: 14:02 03 March 2010

SPEED will be reduced to ten miles an hour on the A14 next month when major roadworks take place at Trimley.

But the good news for motorists is that the work to resurface two miles of the dual carriageway will only take place at night - and should not cause any disruption for rush-hour traffic.

SPEED will be reduced to ten miles an hour on the A14 next month when major roadworks take place at Trimley.

But the good news for motorists is that the work to resurface two miles of the dual carriageway will only take place at night – and should not cause any disruption for rush-hour traffic.

The project will be carried out over ten nights from July 14 and the Highways Agency is warning drivers there will be diversions in force for some of the work.

Those most likely to be affected are Felixstowe port shiftworkers who start or finish work between 8pm and 6am and commute to Ipswich, and also lorry drivers travelling to and from the container terminal.

The agency said that for part of the works there would be ten mph speed restrictions between the Trinity Avenue bridge near Cavendish Park, Felixstowe, and Levington with single-lane traffic led through the area in convoy.

This will apply to just the area being worked on at the time and the plan is to resurface small stretches at a time so the road can be reopened in daytime.

There would also be 40mph restrictions from Dock Gate Number One to where the work was taking place and the same on the eastbound carriageways from the Bucklesham/Brightwell turn-off to the works.

The resurfacing work will include part of the area around the dock spur roundabout and this will be closed on its southern side for a time.

The Trimley interchange slip roads will also be closed at times, and also the Trinity Avenue slip road down to Dock Gate Two.

The A14 in the Trimley area has not had major resurfacing work for some years.

The surface has suffered in the past from "rutting" because of the constant stream of 38 tonne lorries denting the surface.

Residents on the Farmlands estate at Trimley St Mary will be hoping that the resurfacing will be the new noise-reduction material which has been used in minor schemes to replace wear and tear and to help down vehicle noise.

Noise has also been reduced by planting along the boundary of the open space and the dual carriageway with trees and shrubs now starting to mature and to be an effective barrier.

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