The traffic signals at Rayleigh Weir and A129 Stadium Way in Rayleigh are to be upgraded in the New Year.
New traffic lights and a CCTV camera will allow Essex Traffic Control Centre to monitor and, in extreme circumstances, intervene when traffic at the junction becomes an issue.
The current aging signals will be removed and upgraded with the latest technology to enable the signals to be linked, helping to manage traffic flow from the A127 slip roads and adjoining routes.
Because this is a very busy junction, the majority of the works involving temporary lane reductions will be carried out overnight. Engineers will have to close part of Stadium Way during the works, which includes excavation works, to allow underground cables to be installed in the carriageway.
Details of the closures will be advertised in advance on local signs and the Council’s website as the work progresses.
Cllr Eddie Johnson, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “This upgrade will improve the reliability of the signals and the ability of the signals to manage traffic flows. An additional CCTV camera will be installed as part of the project to enable improved monitoring by the Essex Traffic Control Centre. In exceptional situations, staff can override the signals.”
The scheme, which forms part of the A127 Corridor for Growth improvements package funded by South Essex Local Enterprise Partnership, will be finished by late spring 2017.