Highways England to invest £114m to improve roads, pavements and bridges

WCN Editorial Team 29 Jul 2020 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Highways England, the government-owned agency that develops roads and motorways, has announced that it will invest £114m to improve roads, pavements and bridges in East of England over the next one year.

The agency said that the investment will benefit all the popular routes, including the M11, A14, A1, A47 and A12.

Enhancements such as road resurfacing, bridge joint replacements, the creation of cycle lanes, improved signage and landscaping will all be supported through the investment.

A total of 150 schemes across the regions of Norfolk, Sussex, Essex, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Buckinghamshire will be benefited from the investment package.

Highways England regional director for the East of England Martin Fellows said: “Keeping our roads in good condition is essential for safety and in ensuring the reliability of journeys for drivers. This multi-million-pound investment will help keep journeys on our motorways and A-roads flowing and reduce the risk of unplanned, disruptive maintenance.

“Over the next 12 months, we’ll be working hard to ensure drivers throughout the East enjoy a smoother experience while travelling on our roads.”

In the coming months, Highways England will work on the comprehensive maintenance at the schemes including A14 Brickfield bridge. On the bridge, the exiting bridge joint bearings will be replaced along with concrete repairs, road resurfacing and renewal of road markings.

At the M11 junction 11 Mill bridge, the four bridge joints will be replaced, followed by re-waterproofing the bridge deck and repainting the bearings.

At the A14 junction 32 Histon, all the road markings and studs will be replaced along with resurfacing of the road.

On the M11 River Grantabridge, two bridge joints will be replaced, followed by re-waterproofing the bridge deck and resurfacing of the road.

Highways England claimed that in 2019 it had laid over 35,000 tonnes of surfacing material across the East of England, allowing for 43 lane miles of resurfacing.

A further 50,000 road studs were set into the roads, helping to light up the way for drivers. Other improvements such as the installation of over 80 traffic signs, improvement of 17 junctions, installation of 16 bridges along with improvements to 2.7 miles of cycle lanes, had also been made.

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Highways England to improve roads in East of England. (Credit: Pixabay/stux.)

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