Lane and road closures planned for essential A127 works

Thursday 12 November 2020

Two overnight road closures will be in place this weekend as Eurovia carry out essential maintenance work along stretches of the A127.

The closures will be in place on Saturday 14 (eastbound) and Sunday 15 (westbound), between Bellhouse Lane and Tesco roundabout so that Eurovia can carry out lining works close to the Kent Elms junction.

Full details of the closures are below:

· Saturday 14 November (eastbound) 8pm – 6.30am Sunday 15 November – From Bellhouse Lane to Tesco roundabout

· Rayleigh Road access - no access on to the A127

· Bridgwater Drive – left turn only onto A127 westbound

· Sunday 15 November (westbound) 8pm – 6.30am Monday 16 November - from Tesco roundabout to Bellhouse Lane

· A1158 (Prince Avenue) no access on to the A127

· Bridgwater Drive - no access on to the A127

· Rayleigh Road – left turn only onto A127 eastbound

Diversions for the eastbound closures will be Bellhouse Lane to Prittlewell Chase. Diversions for the westbound closures will be Prittlewell Chase to Bellhouse Lane.

In addition, essential maintenance works are currently taking place on a very poor section of the A127 westbound between Kent Elms and Bellhouse Lane. The work involves filling voids under the concrete carriageway, removing tarmac to expose the concrete slab, repairing the concrete slab and then replacing the road surface back to existing levels. The works require a number of overnight road closures and a full weekend closure from 8pm Friday 27 November until 6:30am Monday 30 November to ensure the safety of the public and workers. Vehicle access will be provided to residents and businesses during this closure.

Diversions will be via Rayleigh Road, turning right at Kent Elms junction, Rayleigh Road and then Progress Road back on to the A127. All diversions will be clearly signposted.

Variable message signs and local traffic management signs will inform drivers. Traffic signal engineers will be monitoring the traffic signals and flows during the weekend closure.

Cllr Ron Woodley, cabinet member for transport, capital and inward investment, said: “Work taking place this month is part of the council’s essential maintenance programme being delivered by Eurovia and will improve a poor stretch of road which is a major route out of town. This follows on from recent works to improve the eastbound stretch of road along the same route and the council successfully receiving Government funding from the Local Growth Fund to help improve the A127. 

“With many shops and businesses currently closed or working at a limited capacity due to the current Government restrictions, now is a good time to be carrying out these capital works.

“The lining works will be carried out through two overnight closures to minimise disruption, with the closures necessary to allow the workers to carry out the work safely. However, due to the amount of work involved in the road repair work, the weekend of 27 November will require a full road closure for the duration of the works. We apologise in advance for any disruption this may cause, but it is work that needs to be done and will benefit road users.”

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