Work to repair drought damaged roads in Cambridgeshire will begin this month.
Mildenhall Road, the first of the Cambridgeshire schemes will start on Monday 19 February for eight weeks and the other roads will follow. The whole project is expected to be completed by July 2018.
Originally due to start at the end of January, following assessment of the first scheme, engineers found the road structure on the A1101 at Mildenhall Road to be worse than originally thought and required further design work. This followed tests which assessed the type and condition of the layers beneath the road, from the top road surface through to the foundations.
Cambridgeshire County Council’s Chair of the Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Mathew Shuter 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.”
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.
Although the work will only be carried out during the day, due to the extensive nature of the repairs the roads will be fully closed for each scheme. The team have worked hard to minimise the duration of the work but for safety reasons the road will need to be closed. Diversions will be signposted and local access maintained wherever possible.
The reconstruction work will be carried out as quickly as possible and letters will be delivered to local residents and businesses directly affected in advance of the work.
Roads that will benefit from the funding, along with approximate timings of the work, are listed below:
- A1101 Mildenhall Rd, Littleport – due to start on 19 February for around eight weeks
- B1040 Herne Road, Ramsey – due to start in March
- B1095 Milk and Water Drove, Farcet – due to start in April
- B1104 Prickwillow Road, Isleham – due to start in April
- B1040 Ramsey Road, Whittlesey – due to start in April
- A1123 Stretham Road, Wicken – due to start in May
- B1096 Benwick Road, Ramsey – due to start in May
- A1123 Hill Row Causeway, Haddenham – due to start in May
- A142 Stuntney, Ely – due to start in June
- B1382 Mile End Road, Prickwillow – due to start in June
- B1040 St Marys Road, Ramsey – due to start in June
The scheme to repair roads affected by extreme weather conditions was made possible thanks to a successful joint bid by Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council to the Department for Transport.
A total of £3.5million was secured for the scheme, 10 sections of road are already underway in Peterborough and another 11 in Cambridgeshire. This fund has been topped up by both councils bringing the total investment to £6.25million.
Cambridgeshire County Council and its contractor Skanska are working together to minimise disruption to local residents and those who use the roads.
More information on each scheme will be published on the website throughout the coming months.