Overnight closures this week as part of A14 upgrade

Overnight closures are taking place on the A14 near Kettering this week as part of the ongoing improvement work
Overnight closures are taking place on the A14 near Kettering this week as part of the ongoing improvement work

The Highways Agency has announced five days of overnight closures, starting tonight, as part of its £42 million scheme to widen the A14 near Kettering.

The westbound carriageway between junctions 7 and 9 will close overnight from 8pm until 6am the following morning from tonight, Monday, to Frida, February 21.

Drivers will be directed onto signed diversion routes.

The work involves vegetation removal and installation of temporary safety barriers on the slip roads at junction 8. At the same time the opportunity will be taken to carry out some carriageway repairs.

Project manager, Mike Hall said: “We endeavour to avoid overnight working as far as possible, however we cannot do these works during the day as we need to close the carriageway.

“There may be some disturbance to local residents, as removing vegetation and installing new barriers can be noisy, but we will of course do our best to minimise this by doing the noisiest work as early as possible during the closure period.

“Road users should also consider allowing more time for their journey if it is likely to be affected by Network Rail’s closure of the A509 Pytchley Road bridge.”

The A509 Pytchley Road Bridge is closed until 28 February as Network Rail is rebuilding the bridge as part of its plans to speed up journeys on the Midland Main Line.

Road users are also reminded that work on the M1 Junction 19 Improvement at Catthorpe started in January, which will have an impact on A14 traffic.

People can find out more about the A14 junctions 7 to 9 Kettering Bypass improvement by visiting the scheme’s website or by phoning the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.