A38 speed limit to be reduced to 50mph from October
A section of the A38 in Derbyshire will be temporarily reduced to a 50mph speed limit from next month, it has been announced.
Highways England says it plans to start a major roadworks project on the busy route northbound between Alfreton and the junction with the M1 in just over a month’s time.
A letter, which has been shared locally on social media, has been sent by the firm who say they will start installation barrier works on the A38 from Monday, October 19, in a project designed to improve the lives of residents living alongside the road.
This means the A38 will be closed northbound from 8pm until 6am on weekdays.
The project will take several weeks to complete and is expected to finish by early December at the earliest.
However, drivers will still be affected by the roadworks during the daytime as the speed limit will have to be reduced from 70mph to 50mph for safety reasons.
It is not known yet the exact days when the speed limit will come into place but a Highways England spokesperson said enforcement is likely to be carried out by Derbyshire police.
More details will be announced in due course.
The letter from Highways England reads: “We will be carrying out essential noise barrier installation work along the A38 northbound carriageway at Broadmeadows from the A61 Alfreton to the M1 J28.
“This work will improve the lives of those people living alongside our network by reducing traffic noise levels.
“Work is due to start on Monday 19 October and is scheduled for completion by early December.
To maintain a safe environment for our workforce and customers, we will need to close the A38 northbound carriageway between the A61 Alfreton up to the M1 J28 throughout the duration of the scheme. These closures will be overnight from 8pm to 6am, Monday to Friday.
“While the works take place we will also require a daytime speed limit to be in place for safety reasons.”
Dates for the project are subject to change due to weather or unforeseen circumstances.
Original source article: https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/local-news/speed-limit-a38-cut-50mph-4516534
Author: Nigel Slater
Disclaimer: This article was not originally written by a member of the HighwaysIndustry.Com team.