The planned start date for the works is 29th January 2018 and the anticipated finish date will be 23rd March 2018. The works will be undertaken using daytime lane closures with speed restrictions and night time road closures where necessary. The closures will not be in place every night but will be advertised in advance.
During the day, lane closures will be in place with a temporary speed restriction of 50 mph for Telegraph Hill and 40 mph for Ware Barton.
Signed diversion routes will be in place while the road is closed.
We must ensure the safety of our workforce and the public, and in order to comply with our safety guidelines we are unable to carry out all of this work without a road closure. The areas involved cover the full road width, closing the road at night will enable the works to be undertaken safely and more quickly than trying to use lane closures only.
In order to minimise disruption we will only undertake closures at night between 1900 and 0600. During the day, lane closures and speed restrictions will be in place with the aim of allowing traffic to move through the area. Delays to traffic as a result of this are, unfortunately, inevitable but the aim is to keep the duration of any traffic management to a minimum with the Contractor undertaking works both during the day and at night.
The buses will continue to operate as usual. The road closure will go on once the last bus has been through and will be open in time for the first bus.
We apologise for any inconvenience this essential work causes, and assure you that we are doing our best to minimise disruption wherever possible.
The A380 is a well trafficked route. Recent investigations of the condition of the pavement on the section between Splatford Split and Penn Inn, north and southbound, have revealed areas of deterioration which, if unaddressed, will become serious defects with safety implications for traffic using the route. Based on the results of the investigations the 8 areas of pavement works previously mentioned have been identified.
In order to maximise the benefit of the traffic management required for the works the opportunity is being taken to undertake barrier replacement, drainage works, vegetation clearance, sign renewal and any structures work necessary in each area.
This particular package of works will cover the Telegraph Hill southbound and Ware Barton to Penn Inn southbound areas. This forms part of a 5 year programme of works on the A380 which have been subdivided into 8 works packages spread between Splatford Split and Penn Inn both north and south bound.
The works centre around areas of pavement reconstruction but the opportunity is also being taken to address other works required in those areas such as drainage and overgrown vegetation as well as replacing sections of barrier and works to structures.
The areas concerned are:
- Ware Barton to Penn Inn southbound
- Penn Inn to Ware Barton northbound
- Eagle Farm to Ware Barton southbound
- Ware Barton to Eagle Farm northbound
- Gappah Lane to Wapperwell northbound
- Telegraph Hill to Mamhead Cross southbound
- Telegraph Hill southbound
- Telegraph Hill northbound
The first package of works took place between Gappah Lane and Wapperwell on the northbound section of the A380 at the beginning of December 2017. Those works involved the deep reconstruction of a failing section of road, gully replacement and repairs and the removal of an existing sign and barrier followed by replacement with a passively safe sign.
At the Telegraph Hill southbound section we will be undertaking:
- A considerable quantity of resurfacing across all lanes
- More substantial repairs to a couple of areas where the pavement has deteriorated
- Checking existing drainage and repairing where necessary
- Cutting back vegetation and removing trees that pose a hazard to traffic
At Ware Barton southbound we will be undertaking:
- Bridge deck waterproofing
- Replacement of barriers
- Road reconstruction across all lanes
- Filter drain cleaning
- Drainage investigation and refurbishment