£76m M11 junction welcomes first motorists as it opens to the public
A major new M11 junction years in the making finally welcomed its first motorists over the weekend. Junction 7A, set to better link Sawbridgeworth and Harlow to the M11, had a grand opening ceremony on Thursday (June 9).
The public were first allowed to drive on the new junction the following day. Over the weekend, motorists have been driving through the new junction, which funded by Essex County Council and National Highways, cost more than £70m to build.
The scheme, has created a new access route into Harlow and Sawbridgeworth, and included widening and improvement of Gilden Way. A new link road connecting Gilden Way and the junction via new roundabouts on either side of the motorway has also been built.
A new bridge over the motorway, constructed slip roads for both northbound and southbound traffic, and improved walking and cycling access on Gilden Way were also part of the scheme. Ground was first broken in the summer of 2020.
Cllr Lesley Wagland, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Renewal, Infrastructure and Planning, said: “Today (Thursday, June 9) marks the opening of one of the largest highways infrastructure projects in the county and it is testament to all involved that, despite the challenges of the last two years, the project has been delivered ahead of schedule.
“We have created a much-needed new east-west link, significantly improving access to the M11 at Harlow. This, in turn, will help reduce congestion on the A414 and other routes in the town and also support future growth, including the potential creation of up to 3,000 new jobs.”
Original source article: https://www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk/news/hertfordshire-news/hertfordshire-traffic-76m-m11-junction-7198960
Author: Brad Gray
Disclaimer: This article was not originally written by a member of the HighwaysIndustry.Com team.