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A12 improvements reach latest milestone

Written by: Neil

Planned improvements to a 16 km stretch of the A12 in Suffolk are now taking place following the successful completion of the first phase of the scheme.

Highways Agency engineers are in the process of an eight-week upgrade to the carriageway between Essex and Ipswich that will see several overnight closures of the right and potential delays for travellers in the area in the near future.

A major resurfacing programme for the carriageway is now being carried out, with all work being completed overnight between the hours of 22:00 and 06:00 GMT to limit the impact on local travellers.

Highways Agency project manager Anna Graham commented: "We're pleased the preparatory work has been completed and now the second phase can begin.

"This is a multi-million pound scheme, which is taking place to prolong the life of the carriageway. The work has been designed to improve the surface of the road and safety for road users, while minimising the need for future maintenance works in these locations."

She added that a temporary 40 mph speed limit is now in place for all travellers in the area, while motorists are being urged to pay close attention to all signage, as a contraflow system is now in operation for day travellers, with two lanes of the carriageway to be kept open at this time.

Diversions are clearly signposted for motorists in the area during periods of overnight closure and will send drivers via the A1023 from the A12 junction 11 and along the B1002 to junction 13.


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