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 the spring 2017.
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.
The completed Southend bound carriageway providing three lanes inbound and new pedestrian crossings near Mendip Crescent and on Rayleigh Road are being monitored.
The Traffic signals are now running on SCOOT and will be monitored to ensure optimum efficiency at the junction.
Accommodation works at Tops Fireplaces will commence shortly.
Some off-peak daytime London bound lane closures may still be necessary whilst work continues to be undertaken by the utility companies.
Summer school holidays
All lanes will be completed on the Southend-bound carriageway before the summer holidays. Some off-peak lane closures may still be necessary at times but a minimum of two lanes on the Southend-bound carriageway will be kept open throughout the day. On the London-bound carriageway, there will be no peak lane closures and Eurovia will also endeavour to keep off-peak (09:30 to 15:30) lane closures to a minimum.
We are currently asking companies to submit bids for the replacement of the footbridge over the A127 at Kent Elms. We anticipate that the bridge will be assembled offsite and swiftly constructed in modules in the autumn. This will keep the number and duration of lane closures to a minimum at this point. We have made a commitment to keeping school crossing patrols in place during term times until a new footbridge is in place.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused by these works and thank you in advance for your cooperation.
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Page last updated: 16/08/2017