Work on widening the A133 and improving the roundabouts at Ipswich and Harwich roads in Colchester will stop from Friday 21 December. This will enable some lanes to be freed up over the holiday when the roads can be busy.
The barriers at both roundabouts will be made smaller, increasing the road width to two lanes. Lane closures on the approaches will be removed, so queues for the roundabouts should be reduced.
Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Councillor Kevin Bentley said: “I'd like to thank our contractor, Eurovia, for their hard work in ensuring life is a little easier for families living in and visiting Colchester over the holidays."
“These important improvement works are only paused, with the overall A133 improvement scheme works on target, with all measures being constantly reviewed to make sure the scheme is being finished as quickly as possible."
Also helping over the holidays St Andrews Avenue westbound, the south side from Harwich Rd to Ipswich Rd will be restored to 2-lanes with the water-filled plastic barriers still in place to separate the two-way, oncoming traffic.
The pedestrian signal-controlled crossing in the middle of St Andrews Avenue will be replaced with a footway across the road near the Harwich road roundabout.
All footpaths and cycle paths around the area will be open.
Both the works compounds will stay with secure fencing to prevent unauthorised entry.
To find out more about the works and what the timetable looks like going forward, take a look at a video here.