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.
Eurovia are concentrating on completing the kerbing and drainage works to the south west area in the westbound carriageway. Works in the north east footway have commenced and will continue next week.
Eurovia are working on 28th Jan and the works require lane closures in both east and west bound directions. These lane closures will be between 8am and 2.30pm. Variable message signs will inform drivers including the VMS on A130.
National Grid Gas diversion works are on-going in the east of the junction.
The School Crossing Patrol is in place whilst the children are in school.
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Page last updated: 27/01/2017