This is when the A14 roadworks will be over
It may be hard to remember a time when the A14 wasn’t covered in orange cones and roadworks warning signs – but there is an end in sight.
While work has been causing major disruptions in and out of Cambridge, it’s fair to say commuters have been getting a bit fed up with delays and congestion.
But progress is being made, as last month a major part of the project – a bridge over the River Great Ousenear Huntingdon – was completed.
When will work be finished and what’s being done?
The work began in November 2016 and is expected to be finished and open to the public by the end of next year.
Now more than two years into the project, eight million working hours have gone into the scheme so far.
In total, the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme will cost £1.5billion.
Carried out by Highways England, this includes upgrades to a 21-mile stretch of the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon in both directions.
There will also be a brand new 17-mile bypass south of Huntingdon, with four lanes in each direction between Bar Hill and Girton.
Which parts of the road have planned closures?
Although the project passed its halfway mark last November, there are set to be more road closures as a result of the works.
The A14 will be closed in both directions between junction 29 (Bar Hill) to junction 28 (Swavesey).
It will be a seven night closure from today (March 4) to March 11, 9pm to 6am.
Over the coming months, the new road surface will continue to be laid.
There are also plans to connect the two structures that cross the River Great Ouse and the East Coast mainline.
Once this is done, the team working on the road will have improved access between Brampton and Swavesey, which they say will allow them to complete work more efficiently.
Highways England says that this spring it expects to hit some “significant milestones”, including opening a new section of the A1 and a new local access road between Cambridge and Dry Drayton.
Work on one of the most complex parts of the scheme – the new Bar Hill junction – is also expected to begin around this time.
Once traffic can be directed onto the new roundabout above the A14, the existing bridge will be demolished.
This will require some full closures of the A14. Highways England will share more information on this once the programme is confirmed.
Highways England has made an application to make the A14 a motorway, and expects a decision from the Secretary of State for Transport later this year.