Kettering to Corby A43 'chaos' to end next week

A broken bridge that has caused a headache for rush-hour motorists looks set to be fixed early next week.

Friday, 15th November 2019, 3:04 pm
Updated Friday, 15th November 2019, 11:05 pm
The tailbacks have been caused by damage to this bridge
The tailbacks have been caused by damage to this bridge

A damaged bridge over the River Ise at the side of the A43 between Kettering and Barford Bridge Roundabout has meant that one lane on the northbound carriageway has been closed for around four weeks for safety reasons.

It has caused long tailbacks on the road as far back as the Miller and Carter restaurant and drivers have faced delays of up to 20 minutes.

Frustrated motorists have complained that they have never seen a worker on the closed stretch.

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Now Northants County Council say that they will repair the safety over the river on Monday which will mean that the road can fully reopen. However, the road will have to close at some point in the future so they can fix the remaining damaged to the structure that cannot be seen from the road.

One motorist, Travey Davies, said: "After nearly 4 weeks of this lane closure now - updates have gone silent on A43 Kettering/Corby. This cannot go on much longer surely? Has anyone been to see the chaos between 4-6pm?"

Northamptonshire Highways' Twitter account told social media users: "The safety barrier will be fixed Monday although severe weather may delay this.

"Once repaired (1 day works) the restriction will be removed. The damage to the structure is over a watercourse & cannot be completed yet. This will require a lane closure. We will update."