Dereham Road traffic alert

Drivers are bracing themselves for nearly six months of chaos from Monday with the start of road works on a busy junction in Norwich.

Drivers are bracing themselves for nearly six months of chaos from Monday with the start of road works on a busy junction in Norwich.

Improvement work will be carried out to provide traffic signals at the junction of the A1074 Dereham Road with Longwater Lane and Bawburgh Lane, at Costessey, Norwich.

A Toucan crossing will also be put in place as part of the work on Dereham Road between Longwater Lane and William Frost Way.

The £1.6m works form part of a package being carried out in conjunction with a controversial housing development on land next to Lodge Farm and will take 25 weeks to complete.

Temporary traffic management measures will be introduced to help control the traffic flow including:

t A physical barrier along Dereham Road from the petrol station to a point about 200m west of Bawburgh Lane to maintain two-way traffic flows on Dereham Road and avoid temporary traffic signals. Right turns in and out of Bawburgh Lane, Longwater Lane, Millcroft Close and Horseshoe Close will not be permitted to keep traffic flowing. Properties along Dereham Road on the affected stretch will also not be accessible by right turn across traffic and there will be no right turn from Richmond Road onto Dereham Road.

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t Signing to indicate that access to East Hills Road, Roundwell Road, Longdell Hills and Richmond Road is for residential access only.

t A 30mph speed limit.

A Norfolk County Council spokesman apologised for the inconvenience but said the roundabouts at the A47 junction and Bowthorpe will make it easy to turn around with minimal increase to journey times and traffic will flow easier and safer with only left turns made by vehicles along the affected stretch.