Weekend closure of A14 lanes for widening work

The westbound carriageway of the A14 near Junction 7, Kettering
The westbound carriageway of the A14 near Junction 7, Kettering

Weekend lane closures will be used over the next two weekends as site clearance work continues in preparation for the scheme to widen the A14 Kettering Bypass between Junctions 7 and 9.

Most of the site clearance work has been carried out overnight, but the latest work involves vegetation chipping using mechanical plant which can be noisy.

In a bid to mitigate the noise issue, the Highways Agency is avoiding the overnight working, and will instead complete the work by closing a lane of the A14 in one direction at a time between Junctions 7 and 9.

One lane of the eastbound carriageway of the A14 will be closed on Saturday, February 23, and Sunday, February 24, from 10am to 10pm.

A lane of the westbound carriageway of the A14 will then be closed on Saturday, March 2, and Sunday, March 3, from 10am to 10pm.

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: “Most of the work so far has been carried out overnight when traffic flows are lowest.

“Due to the noise involved in this latest stage of work, it was felt more appropriate for us to avoid the late night and early morning periods so as not to disturb those living nearby.

“Even though we are only closing one lane at a time, we would still advise road users to allow extra time for their journeys.”

Once complete it is hoped the project will provide much needed congestion relief and contribute to the area’s economy by supporting the role of the A14 as a major transport route.

It should also help 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 at http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/road-projects/A14-Junctions-7-9-Kettering-Bypass-Improvement, or calling the Highways Agency information line on 0300 1235000.