Kent Elms Junction
On 21 November, work started on widening the Kent Elms junction of the A127. This project involves installing additional lanes on both inbound and outbound carriageways, replacing the footbridge and introducing attractive new landscaping. The work is scheduled to continue through to May 2016.
The £6.5m project aims to improve the traffic flow across this key junction into and out of the town and make it easier for people with reduced mobility and those with pushchairs to cross the highway. A new surface-level pedestrian crossing will be introduced across the A127 to the east of the junction near Mendip Crescent and a new one in Rayleigh Road. These will be timed to coincide with the main traffic light sequence. The pedestrian crossing next to the Kent Elms surgery, which opened in December 2015, will be retained and slightly modified.
The majority of the funding for the Kent Elms junction improvement (£5.1m) is the Local Growth Fund, with the remainder coming from the Council’s Capital budget.
The Council and Eurovia are working hard to keep disruption to motorists and neighbours to a minimum throughout these projects. There is a dedicated Public Liaison Officer, in place to keep residents, businesses and motorists advised of the works.
There are no planned lane closures during peak commuting hours or at weekends.
Work will stop from 21 December and resume from 9 January.
All unnecessary traffic management, such as cones and barriers, are being removed from site to ensure the junction is as tidy and safe as possible during the Christmas shut down.
The School Crossing Patrol is in place whilst the children are in school.
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Page last updated: 22/12/2016