A14 diversion to take traffic on new 17 mile detour

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New overnight closures on the A14 start tonight.

The road closures - between the A43 north junction 7 and the A509 junction 9 - will see a new 17 mile diversion in place.

Traffic is usually diverted through Kettering, but the new route will see traffic diverted up the A6116 at junction 12, then back on the new A43 link road from Stanion to Barford Bridge, then back towards Kettering on the A6003, on to the A43 then back on to the A14 at junction 7.

The closures are part of the Highways Agency’s ongoing widening scheme.

Highways Agency Project Manager Raymond Chitwanga said: “We are continuing to make good progress on the scheme and these closures will enable us to move into the next phase of work - construction of the new third lane on the westbound carriageway.

“We would like to thank road users and local residents for their continuing patience as we widen the A14, which, once completed, will reduce congestion and improve safety and journey times.

”Road users are advised to plan ahead and allow enough time for their journeys, and when driving through the roadworks to observe the 40 MPH speed limit which is in place for their safety and that of our road workers.”

From today (Friday) the eastbound carriageway will be closed for three nights from 8pm to 8am tomorrow (Saturday), from 8pm tomorrow to 9am on Sunday and from 8pm on Sunday to 6am on Monday, July 14. During this time the new eastbound carriageway will be surfaced.

The westbound carriageway will close from 8pm on Wednesday, July 16 to 6am on Thursday, July 17 for maintenance and installation of a temporary barrier.

On the weekend of Friday, July 25 to Monday, July 28, either the east or westbound carriageway may be closed for three nights for surfacing work. In addition to the closures on the weekend of the July 25, there may be a further requirement for overnight closures to complete this work. If so, these will take place on the weekend of August 8 to 11 .

Separate signed diversions through Kettering will be in place for local traffic.

Further information about the project is available on the scheme’s website http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/road-projects/a14-junctions-7-9-kettering-bypass-improvement/