Road surfacing work along the A1114 Essex Yeomanry Way in Chelmsford is anticipated to complete on Saturday.
This afternoon (Thursday) line painting work along the southbound stretch, from the Army and Navy roundabout towards the A12, is due to complete in time for rush hour. Traffic management will then be removed as soon as possible. The flyover is due to be opened to assist commuters leaving Chelmsford towards the A12 during the rush hour tonight.
Lane closures will remain in place on the northbound A1114 Essex Yeomanry Way tonight and tomorrow (Friday) as road surfacing work is completed.
The flyover is scheduled to open inbound from the A12 towards Chelmsford as usual at 6am on Friday morning and Saturday morning to help ease congestion.
Final line painting on this stretch is scheduled for Saturday morning with a view to removing all traffic management as soon as possible following completion.
An Essex Highways spokesperson said: “We apologise to drivers who have been delayed by urgent works to improve the A1114 over the last few days.
“This work is crucial to keeping road surfaces safe and to prolong the life of the road. We understand commuters’ frustration but this is short-term pain, for a long-term gain.
“We are currently rolling out the largest ever programme of road surfacing across the county.
“These works are extremely weather sensitive and have been hampered by the unseasonably high rainfall we have seen throughout June.
“We would like to thank drivers for their patience during these works which they will benefit from for years to come.”
Engineers are using a road surfacing process called ‘surface dressing’ which offers a long-lasting and skid-resistant surface by binding chippings to a sticky bitumen layer.
The process is usually undertaken during the summer months as it is weather dependent and can be affected by low temperatures, meaning work cannot be undertaken overnight, and during rainfall.
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