Don’t forget to plan your journey as eight week closure of A1101 from Shippea Hill to Littleport begins Monday February 19
PUBLISHED: 19:33 18 February 2018
Eight week closure of the A1101 from Shippea Hill to Littleport will start from Monday February 19 as part of a major campaign to repair more than 40 miles of drought damaged roads.
In total 21 sections of road across Peterborough, Fenland and East Cambridgeshire are being repaired following a successful £3.5 million funding bid to the Government.
Both local councils topped this up to create a £6.25 million package that will mean all the improvements can be carried through in a relatively short period of time. Many of the Peterborough schemes have either been started or completed in recent weeks.
The county council says it is aware of the lengthy diversion needed along the Mildenhall Road on the A1101 but its closure for 24 hours daily, seven days a week is essential to get the repair work done.
Although the work will only be carried out during the day, the council says that because of the extensive nature of the repairs the roads will be fully closed for each scheme. Diversions will be signposted and local access maintained wherever possible.
Letters are being sent to residents and businesses directly affected in advance of the work.
Councillor Mathew Shuter, chairman of the county highways and community infrastructure committee, said: “We appreciate this might be frustrating news for people, but we needed to carry out further detailed investigation work into the whole road structure, particularly the foundation layers.
“We are repairing roads which are affected by extreme weather conditions due to the fenland soils beneath them, so the conditions are very difficult to account for in the design.
“We want to provide a long-term approach to the maintenance of these roads to prevent the need for repeated repairs and extra disruption, so we want to get this right.”
Council engineers say most of the work will involve major road reconstruction, which will include deep repairs down to the foundation layers in many cases. General maintenance of vegetation, drainage, signage and road markings will also be carried out alongside this work.
Roads that will benefit from the funding, along with approximate timings of the work, are listed below:
A1101 Mildenhall Rd, Littleport February 19: around eight weeks
B1040 Herne Road, Ramsey: March 2018
B1095 Milk and Water Drove, Farcet: April 2018
B1104 Prickwillow Road, Isleham: April 2018
A1123 Stretham Road, Wicken: April 2018
B1040 Ramsey Road, Whittlesey: April 2018
B1096 Benwick Road, Ramsey: May 2018
A1123 Hill Row Causeway, Haddenham: May 2018
B1040 St Marys Road, Ramsey: June 2018
A142 Stuntney, Ely: June 2018
B1382 Mile End Road, Prickwillow: June 2018