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A133 Ipswich Road/Harwich Road improvement scheme, Colchester

Latest News - 10 June 2019: Ipswich Road/Harwich Road Update #29

Major project works to improve the A133 and Ipswich Road/Harwich Road roundabouts through Colchester are successfully approaching the next major phase. From 24th June Ipswich Road (south) will be closed for 4 weeks to enable Anglian Water to complete their water main diversion and re-connection. This involves trenching approximately 12 meters across Ipswich Road.

As soon as that is finished, both BT works and the major works moving and re-building of the retaining wall along the rail line can start.

The road improvements involve carriageway widening and making single instead of multi-roundabouts. To do this at the Ipswich Road junction, the retaining wall supporting the road above the railway line must be moved back and strengthened. A major piling and wall-building operation will be carried out, requiring Ipswich Road (south) to be closed throughout from 20th July. The total duration for these combined road closures is anticipated to be around 5 months.

Councillor Kevin Bentley, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, said:

“The moved and strengthened retaining wall is an essential part of the whole improvement scheme. This in itself is a significant operation and will require the construction of a continuous new piled retaining wall behind the existing wall below the surface of the Ipswich Road roundabout.  I recognise that a prolonged closure will contribute to some delays for drivers, but I am working closely with the engineers to see how quickly, as the piling work progresses, we may be able to open the road at least in one direction providing drivers don’t abuse the one-way system. 

As the piling work and the concrete wall building progresses (allowing time for the concrete to set), we will follow behind building the new kerbs, pavements and road surface, as well as new street lighting and barriers. I hope drivers will recognise the very long-term improvements being made here, and adjust as they can to the short-term pain involved to get there.”

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Ipswich Road roundabout 

 

 

Harwich Road roundabout 

A133 Ipswich Road/Harwich Road improvement scheme, Colchester

 

About the scheme

We are pleased to announce that Eurovia have been awarded the contract and have begun construction of this improvement scheme in September 2018 and are planned to remain on site until Spring 2020. The work start date has changed however the expected duration is planned to remain the same.

The scheme will see the replacement of the double roundabouts located at Ipswich Road and Harwich Road with a single roundabout at each location. The carriageway between Ipswich Road and Harwich Road junctions will also be widened to accommodate two formal lanes in each direction. The scheme will include upgrading existing pedestrian crossings to signal controlled crossings and general improvements to the current off-carriageway cycle and footway provisions.

The scheme will improve the performance of these two key intersections on the A133 and renewal of the infrastructure will reduce maintenance costs. It will also improve the existing highway assets including the strengthening of two retaining walls, one between Ipswich Road roundabout and the adjoining railway line and another between Ipswich Road roundabout and the Waitrose Car Park. The Scheme has also supported the Cowdray Bridge refurbishment, now being progressed separately through the structures capital maintenance programme.

It is recognised that this is a traffic sensitive site and local residents and businesses will have a keen interest in the work phases and traffic management.   With this in mind, we held a ‘Meet the Contractor’ drop-in session with the Eurovia team to discuss the arrangements in place on Wednesday 5th September 2018.  We were pleased with the turnout and received positive feedback, especially around the road layout, crossing upgrades, the new zebra crossing and the new slip lanes. We hope that we were able to reassure residents and provide contacts for any future correspondence.

Various temporary Road closures will be required during the project, the sections of road affected will be Ipswich road (to the south and the north of the roundabout) and Harwich Road (to the south of the roundabout). Directly affected residents/businesses will be notified in advance through letter drops and signage on site. Also we will be making a continued effort to support all communications by putting updates out via our website and Social media. A single road only to be shut at any one time. 

 

Project Timeline 

 

How will it affect you?

Whilst efforts will be made to keep traffic congestion to a minimum throughout these improvements, it is recognised that works will be undertaken in traffic sensitive areas and there is likely to be disruption to normal traffic flows.  Motorists are advised to allow extra time travelling through the area.

To view information regarding other works in the area please also visit www.roadworks.org.

Pedestrian diversions will be in place where necessary and advertised locally.

Frequently asked questions 

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Why do you have to have so many barriers to close lanes when work is not taking place in that area?
Why can’t you remove the barriers in one area of the site while you work on another?
Where can I find the traffic management information?
Why is the traffic management changing during the project?
Why are you closing pavements and cycleways during phases of the work? As a pedestrian or a cyclist, how do I find information on safe ways through the works?
Why will it take so long to do the work?
Why can’t you have more people working on more of the site to reduce the total time taken for the works?
Why do you think one roundabout will be more efficient and safer than the mini-roundabouts currently?
Why can’t you work nights and weekends to speed up the work and reduce delays?
What sort of work do you have to do that adds up to the works long duration?
Where can I find out what you’ve done and what works will be happening next week and after that?
Did you plan for the level of congestion, disruption and delays affecting the area when you planned the scheme?
What is the real cost of the scheme to ECC?
Is the Ipswich Road closure needed and why is it longer than previous closures?
What is involved in the piling works?

Further information

Updates will be available via this webpage including changes to the work programme, updated frequently asked questions, details regarding traffic arrangements such as temporary closures as well as local signage and information will also be available on our twitter feed @essexhighways

If you have any queries, please contact the Essex County Council customer services team by telephone: 0345 603 7631 or by completing the online form www.essex.gov.uk/enquiries