Drivers reminded of road closures as work begins to tackle A45 congestion
Work is under way on a £24 million Highways England scheme that will tackle a major A45 bottleneck in the East Midlands.
Following two successful public information events, attended by around 430 people, workers moved onto the A45/A6 Chowns Mill roundabout last week to begin the improvements.
As part of the initial works, drivers are being reminded that the A45 will be closed this weekend and the following weekend.
The road will shut in both directions between Chowns Mill and Rushden Lakes from 8pm on Friday (21 February) to 6am on Monday 24 February. The same closures will take place from Friday 28 February to 6am Monday 2 March.
At Chowns Mill roundabout the A45 is crossed by the A6 and provides access into Higham Ferrers and Rushden. Drivers often experience severe congestion at the island due to the volume of traffic combined with a lack of space on the roundabout.
These improvements will see the junction redesigned as a half hamburger layout with a new link road connecting the A6 South and A5028 with the existing roundabout. This will allow a better flow of traffic and ease congestion through the junction. All approaches will be widened to provide extra lanes and capacity.
Highways England Project Manager Dean Holloway said: “The weekend closures are needed to install a 1.5m deep and 6m wide trench across both carriageways of the A45 which will allow existing utility services to be diverted before the road construction.
“Safety is always our priority and closing the road is important to protect our workforce and road users. We only close roads for safety reasons or if absolutely necessary and do so at night or weekends when we know the routes are quieter to reduce disruption.
“We are grateful for people’s patience as we carry out this important scheme that will greatly improve journeys for the many drivers who use this route as well as benefitting local businesses and communities.”
A fully signed diversion route will be in place directing motorists to use the A45 (Wilby Way), A509 and A14 to Thrapston.
Highways England is urging drivers to follow the official diversion route, developed and agreed with the local authority and police, and to allow extra time for journeys if travelling to Higham Ferrers and Rushden.
Meanwhile, Station Road (A5028) will close from 8pm Monday 2 March for around nine months. Residents along Station Road are being advised to use the A6 Kimbolton Road roundabout.