Warning of massive delays on A12

MOTORISTS attempting to use one of the major roads leading out of Suffolk are being warned of extensive delays as the A12 faces closure for an entire weekend.

MOTORISTS attempting to use one of the major roads leading out of Suffolk are being warned of extensive delays as the A12 faces closure for an entire weekend.

From midnight on Friday to 5am on Monday January 29 the A12 will be closed as work is carried out to demolish a bridge.

The road will be affected near Colchester in both directions between the A133 Spring Lane interchange at junction 27 and the A120 Crown interchange at junction 29.

Traffic will be diverted through Colchester via the A133 and the A1232 with signs put in place to direct motorists.

While the work is carried out the old Braiswick Road Bridge will be demolished and traffic on the B1508 will start to use a temporary bridge.

But the new A12 Braiswick Road Bridge may have to close during the weekend for safety reasons and diversions will be put in place if needed.

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Roger Chenery, Highways Agency project manager, said: “Demolishing this bridge is a major undertaking and, for safety reasons, we have to close the trunk road while work takes place.

“I would encourage drivers to allow extra time for their journeys or consider whether their journey is necessary during the full A12 closure.

“The diversion route through Colchester has been agreed with local authorities and the police, however it will add extra time on to people's journeys.”

This is the first of three A12 closures needed to complete this work.

The next closure is scheduled for April, when the new Braiswick Road Bridge will be installed.

The new Braiswick Road Bridge will open to traffic before the final closure of the A12 in August 2007, which is when the temporary single-lane bridge will be removed.

Wide and abnormal loads in excess of 2.9 metres wide will need to wait at designated lay-bys and call the number given for advice.

Visit www.highways.gov.uk for further details on the A12 Braiswick Road Bridge. Members of the public can also contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 08457 50 40 30.

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