Two week closure for major road

ONE of the Ipswich's major roads is due to close for two weeks this month, it can be revealed.Woodbridge Road is to be closed between Monday August 18 and Friday August 29 for repair work to take place.

ONE of the Ipswich's major roads is due to close for two weeks this month, it can be revealed.

Woodbridge Road is to be closed between Monday August 18 and Friday August 29 for repair work to take place.

The work will be carried out between Christchurch Street and Orchard Street with the road being fully reconstructed at a cost of £68,000.

Paul West, responsible for transport at Ipswich Borough Council, said: “The reason it's being done is because that particular stretch of road has been identified by surveyors as needing a complete overhaul and the county and borough have both agreed that it should be in the programme.


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“It is not a stretch of road that can do with just patching up or tinkering around because it is a busy road.

“It will break up more quickly than other stretches of road so it is a high priority.”

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The cost of the work will come out of the borough council's pot of £1.1million for road works this year.

Mr West said more projects are in the pipeline although he says times are tight as the borough council received around £500,000 less from the county council this year for road upkeep.

He added: “At the moment things are being identified and prioritised.”

Chaos was caused earlier this year when the road began to sink due to a problem with the drains and was closed for several days.

Rush hour traffic faced lengthy traffic jams as diversions took them around other streets in the area.

A diversion route for this month's repairs will be signed using Soane Street, Bolton Lane, Westerfield Road, Valley Road and Colchester Road to Woodbridge Road East.

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