Piling work resumes on Ipswich Road (South)

Piling work resumes on Ipswich Road (South)

Major road widening work on the A133 in Colchester has now resumed, with essential piling works to the Network Rail retaining wall area taking place as well as completing minor works in this section while the roads are quieter.

Due to this work Ipswich Road South will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday, 25th May.

A vital part of the road improvement scheme on the A133 Ipswich Road to Harwich Road is to widen the roundabout at Ipswich Road.

More road space needs to be created and this can only be done by strengthening the road next to the railway line south of the A133, using piling.

Ipswich Road south is due to be closed for up to three weeks from the evening of 25th May to 15th June with the road expected to be reopened by 16th June. The road has to be closed while piling is done on the retaining wall for workforce and public safety.

Councillor Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader of Essex County Council and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, said: “The new layout of the roundabout requires steel and concrete piling to be inserted to support the retaining wall for the road. Space must be left between the piling operation and the public for safety, so Ipswich Road (south) will be closed during the work.

“By competing this major job while traffic volumes are lower we are minimising the impact on the network. I am conscious that the roads are becoming busier again and we will re-open it as quickly as possible to keep inconvenience to a minimum for everyone.”

Work will be carried out between 7am and 8pm, however due to safety reasons the road closure is required at all times. Some of the works being undertaken will require the use of noisy equipment and may cause some disturbance, however we will try and complete these activities when they will cause the least inconvenience.

Full access will be maintained for local residents, pedestrians, cyclists and businesses, with signs indicating business open as usual wherever appropriate. A suitable signed diversion route will be provided.

Bus operators have been informed of the closures so that any necessary adjustments can be made to their services. Notices will be displayed on the affected bus stops and suitable temporary alternatives will be provided.

Please note that programmed dates may be subject to change, however the latest information will be displayed on advance warning signs on site.

We would encourage residents and businesses to also check the Essex Highways website for the latest updates including any changes to traffic management arrangements, visit www.essex.gov.uk/majorschemes (follow the link to the 'A133 Ipswich Road/Harwich Road improvement scheme, Colchester’).

You can also check the @Essexhighways twitter feed and one.network for information about other works in the area.

Last updated 20 May 2020