Drivers will enjoy easier journeys across Maldon during the festive period as works to improve the A414 at Spital Road and Limebrook Way will finish before Christmas.
Both roads will be opened to traffic before Friday, 23 December, with only minor off-carriageway works left to be completed in the New Year.
Work to build a new dedicated left-hand slip road on the A414 Spital Road roundabout leading to A414 Maldon Bypass towards Heybridge and two dedicated left hand slips on the Limebrook Way roundabout began this summer.
Cllr Eddie Johnson, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “These important improvements have been completed safely, on time and under budget which is testament to excellent collaborative working by Essex County Council’s Highways teams and Jacksons, the on-site contractor.
“I would like to extend my thanks to local residents for their patience during the works, which will bring much needed benefits to both Maldon residents and local businesses.”
Cllr Penny Channer, Maldon District Council Chair Planning and Licensing, said: “It is excellent news that the Maldon A414 highway improvement scheme affecting both Spital Road and Limebrook Way roundabouts will be fully open in time for Christmas with only some minor works remaining. This is great news for Christmas shoppers and for those travelling in and out of Maldon over the festive period and thereafter.”
The scheme has been successfully delivered as part of Essex County Council’s £4 million road investment programme, funded by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) to improve the A414 “corridor” from Chelmsford to Maldon. It will help keep traffic flowing for the 23,000 motorists that use this route each day and provide added capacity for economic growth in the future.