Finkelgate roadworks: All you need to know ahead of spell of overnight closures from Monday

Finkelgate which is to close for eight weeks from the 1st August, despite having just been resurface

Finkelgate which is to close for eight weeks from the 1st August, despite having just been resurfaced. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

Overnight road closures in Norwich city centre will begin next week as part of a £300,000 transport scheme.

Roadworks in Queens Road/Finkelgate. Pic: Archant.

Roadworks in Queens Road/Finkelgate. Pic: Archant. - Credit: Archant

Work on the first phase of highways improvements at Finkelgate is ongoing, with the overnight closures beginning on Monday, September 19 and running until Sunday, October 2.

It will see 13 nights of work from 7pm to 7am.

The first phase of the work includes the adding of traffic lights at the junction with Queens Road and a new mini-roundabout at the Finkelgate junction with Ber Street.

The existing controlled crossing on Queens Road will be removed.

It is hoped the improvements will help the road cope with an expected increase in traffic of almost 20pc thanks to the multi-million pound Transport for Norwich project.

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The closures will include:

• Finkelgate northbound lane - from Queens Road to Ber Street - will remain closed until October 4

• From September 19 to 22 - from 7pm to 7am - Ber Street will be closed from the junction with Mariners Lane to the junction with Bracondale

• The same section will be closed during the same times from September 29 to October 2

• Overnight closures on Queens Road from September 22 to 29

• Finkelgate will also be closed from September 19 to October 2

Alternate routes for Finkelgate northbound lane closure include:

• For eastbound vehicles on Queens Road, heading to Ber Street, the diversion will be to its junction with Ber Street and then into Ber Street.

• For northbound vehicles from Hall Road heading to Ber Street, the diversion route will be eastwards onto Queens Road to its junction with Ber Street, and then into Ber Street

Alternate route for Queens Road during overnight closure:

• For eastbound traffic, the alternate route is St Stephens Road, to Newmarket Road, along the ring road and onto Bracondale

• For westbound traffic, the alternate route is Bracondale, through the outer ring road, onto Newmarket Road and St Stephens Road

The first phase of the project is expected to come to a close on Tuesday, October 4.

A second stage, from Friday, October 21 to Monday 31, will see a new crossing island built on Hall Road at its junction with Queens Road.

Work will be undertaken during the day, from 7am to 7pm.

During this time, Hall Road's northbound lane will be closed, from its junction with Hobart Square to its junction with Queens Road.

What do you think of the planned changes to the city centre? Email lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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