Delays expected as major roadworks start

IAN CLARKE A £5m scheme to strengthen and resurface one of the busiest stretches of road in Norfolk is getting underway.Motorists have been warned to expect delays around Dereham Bypass over the next three months as work is carried out between the Ascot Gardens subway and Etling Green junction.

IAN CLARKE

A £5m scheme to strengthen and resurface one of the busiest stretches of road in Norfolk is getting underway.

Motorists have been warned to expect delays around Dereham Bypass over the next three months as work is carried out between the Ascot Gardens subway and Etling Green junction. An average 21,700 vehicles a day use this section of road.

A new low-noise surface will be laid on the dual carriageway to make it quieter and improve ride quality for drivers.

The project also involves upgrading lay-bys, the drainage system, safety fencing, road signs and carriageway markings.

South Green and Yaxham Road bridges will be re-waterproofed and have parapets and joints repaired. The main engineering works are due to be finished by July.

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Drivers on the A47, particularly those in wide loads, are advised to allow extra time for their journeys.

From Wednesday, a 50 mph speed limit will be in place round-the-clock and will be enforced by speed cameras.

There will also be an overtaking ban on the single carriageway eastbound approach to the works, and width restrictions through the works with diversions for wide loads.

Initially there will be lane closures, and contraflows will start in early May.

During the contraflow operation there will be 24-hour closure of slip roads on the side of the road where the work is taking place.

Highways Agency project manager Julian O'Dell said: “These works on the A47 will ensure drivers enjoy a high quality, safe and quiet road surface.

“With on average 21,700, vehicles a day using this section of the A47, there will be delays, especially during peak hours.”

Information is available on Highways Agency website: www.highways.gov.uk or by calling the Information Line on 08457 50 40 30.