December 8 2013 Latest news:
Andrew Fitchett, Reporter
Friday, August 23, 2013
From ground level, it’s still the same old bottlenecks and frustrating jams.
But as these aerial shots show, the A11 between Barton Mills and Thetford is changing all the time as the £105m project to dual the final stretch of road continues apace.
The images, taken by photographer Mike Page on Tuesday, show how the new road will snake around Elveden, avoiding the traffic lights and single-lane traffic which have brought drivers to a standstill for years.
Going parallel to the existing stretch of road, the pristine Tarmac will follow the current route until it reaches the village, before swerving off in the direction of Center Parcs and rejoining the road near Thetford.
There’s also evidence of the path carved by contractors through Thetford Forest’s swathes of pine to make way for the widened carriageway.
The Highways Agency says the work is on schedule and under budget, with the recent good weather contributing to its speedy progress.
But if the weather turns over the winter months, all involved will be keeping their fingers crossed that the work will be done by the target date of December 2014.
On Tuesday, the secretary of state for transport, Patrick McLoughlin, had a chance to see the site from the ground, being shown the progress made on the bridges and underpasses that punctuate the route.
He said he was impressed with the work that had been carried out.