The A13 eastbound (from Five Bells to Pitsea Flyover) will be closed this weekend so that emergency structural repair work can be carried out.
The closure will be in place from 9pm on Friday (22 June) until 4am on Monday (25 June).
It is expected the closure will cause delays, so we are asking drivers to find an alternative route if possible.
Emergency Service access will be enabled at times.
The closure needs to take place so that we can carry out major repairs to the concrete structure of the road which has previously broken to create a significant pothole. The situation now is assessed as such that major repairs must be urgently carried out to ensure the safety of the road.
A spokesperson for Essex Highways said: “It is always the last resort to close a crucial major road like the A13, even if only in one direction and at the weekend to avoid peak work traffic. However, in this case we have no option, as the concrete section base of the road is no longer stable. Our engineers believe it could break up in the near future and be a serious safety hazard. In fact, part of the section concerned failed a few weeks ago and resulted in a fault which caused damage to some cars.
“The weekend closure is necessary to get the work done in time and to keep both our staff and road users safe. There will inevitably be delays, so please do avoid the area if possible or use the signed diversion and allow extra time for journeys. We apologise for the disruption this will cause, but we hope that drivers understand there is no other option to keep the road safe.”