Roadworks ahead of schedule - not behind

ROAD chiefs have today insisted roadworks on the A14 at Rookery Crossroads are ahead of schedule. The Highways Agency came under fire this week after signs warning drivers about delays were changed - with the completion date moving back from October to December.

ROAD chiefs have today insisted roadworks on the A14 at Rookery Crossroads are ahead of schedule.

The Highways Agency came under fire this week after signs warning drivers about delays were changed - with the completion date moving back from October to December.

But a spokesman for the agency has today revealed that completion by October was an ambitious “hopeful” date and contractors had always been due to leave the site in January - so the new December date is in fact ahead of schedule.

A spokesman for the agency said: “There were originally signs up saying the delays were expected until the end of October but the project is not behind schedule.

“The contract runs until January next year and what the Highways Agency is predicting now is that the contra flows and Rookery Crossroads junction will be working by Christmas, so in fact it's ahead of schedule.

“When the contract first started we made a forecast for a completion date, and these are always hopeful.

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“Since then other work has cropped up, like more resurfacing work and lagoon and drainage work, and the expected completion date has shifted.”

The spokeswoman said that the large signs on either side of the carriageway had been amended but some smaller ones elsewhere along the road had not been updated.

She added: “Now everything is up-to-date, on schedule and all fine. There might be some minor works to be done after Christmas but that will be done off peak.”

The £10million project includes the construction of a new interchange and safety improvement works.

It aims to improve safety by providing a two-level junction, re-aligning the carriageway and closing central reserve gaps.

A 24-hour 40mph speed limit has been in place since the work began in November last year.

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