A14 widening work to begin on Tuesday

Initial work is set to start in preparation of widening a section of the A14
Initial work is set to start in preparation of widening a section of the A14

Advance work on the Highways Agency’s scheme to widen the A14 Kettering Bypass between Junction 7 and Junction 9 starts on Tuesday, 22 January.

Site clearance and exploratory survey work will take place between now and early March. Most of this work will take place overnight with either lane one or two of either the eastbound or westbound carriageway closed each night from 8pm to 6am.

Main construction work is expected to start in autumn 2013, subject to the necessary statutory processes being completed.

Mike Hall, Highways Agency project manager said: “Carrying out the site clearance now before the start of the spring bird nesting means we can avoid the presence of nests which might otherwise lead to a delay in the start of main construction.

“Most of the work will be carried out overnight when traffic flows are lowest and we will only need to close one lane at a time, thus avoiding the need for full carriageway closures and diversions, however we would still advise road users to allow extra time for their journeys.”

Once complete the project will provide much needed congestion relief and contribute to the region’s economy by supporting the role of the A14 as a major transport route. It will also improve journey time reliability and safety by relieving the existing traffic congestion.

People can find out more about the A14 Kettering Bypass widening scheme by visiting the scheme’s website: http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/road-projects/A14-Junctions-7-9-Kettering-Bypass-Improvement, or calling the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.