The next stage of an Â£80m scheme to work on the M25 and A13 corridor near Thurrock starts next week with a temporary speed limit and overnight closures.
The work will start from Tuesday, November 17, at junction 30 of the M25 to relieve congestion.
In October, Highways England announced that work on the upgrade would be completed earlier than planned – bringing it forward from autumn next year to the summer – and that this would be achieved by rescheduling the start of roadworks on the M25.
Work will transfer to the M25 with traffic management being installed and construction work starting 2015 and work on the A13 has been underway since March.
The work involved in this stage of the scheme includes;
- Site clearance
- Renewal of boundary fencing
- Statutory diversions implemented
- Installation of new and replacement gantries
- Installation and renewal of traffic signals
- Construction of new concrete central reserve barrier
- Upgrade of CCTV
Updating street lighting
New road markings and signs
Associated environmental works – ecological and construction of environmental noise barrier
New fixed temporary traffic management signs along M25 and A282
To enable this work to take place, narrow lanes and a temporary 50mph speed limit need to be installed.
The installation will mean that the anti-clockwise carriageway will be closed overnight, between 10pm and 5.30am, from Tuesday 17 November for two nights.
A diversion will be in place via the link road to M25 junction 30, A13, A128 and the A127.
In addition, the clockwise carriageway will be closed overnight, between 10pm and 5.30am, from Thursday 19 November for two nights.
A diversion will be in place via the A127, A128, A13 and the link road to M25 junction 31.
Once installed the temporary traffic management on the M25/A282 will include:
– A temporary 50mph speed restriction, enforced by average speed cameras, to maintain the safety of road workers and travelling public
– Narrow lanes
– Hard shoulder running
There will be future carriageway closures for other works including the removal of existing gantries.
The work is part of a major project to increase capacity at this busy junction and help unlock the multi-billion pound regeneration of the Lower Thames Valley.
The A13 through the junction is being widened from three lanes to four in each direction, and the junction itself is being upgraded by adding segregated left turns to and from the M25, and improvements to the other slip roads.
Safety barriers, drainage and lighting are also being upgraded and it is estimated that the project will help to reduce accidents by 18 per cent.
Work is scheduled to be completed by summer 2016.