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A14 between Ipswich and Felixstowe resurfaced after multi-million pound Highways England project



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Drivers who use the A14 between Ipswich and Felixstowe should experience smoother journeys now that miles of the dual carriageway has been resurfaced.

Highways England used almost 35,000 tonnes of asphalt to resurface 20 lane miles of the road during the £7 million project - enough to fill the main swimming pool in the Felixstowe Leisure Centre more than 28 times.

Workers also repainted 43 miles of road markings and laid 4,000 reflective road studs during the seven-month scheme.

Highways England crews worked through the night to resurface the A14 between J58 and J62. Picture: Highways England
Highways England crews worked through the night to resurface the A14 between J58 and J62. Picture: Highways England

The 20 lane miles of the A14, between junction 58 at Seven Hils and junction 62 at Felixstowe were resurfaced in the project - the equivalent of 2,682 double decker buses parked end-to-end.

Adam Sharpe, Highways England project manager, said: “The A14 is a vital route that provides key access across the country, used by tens-of-thousands of drivers every day for work journeys, home deliveries and the movement of the goods and services we rely on, so it’s essential we keep it in a good condition to ensure safety and reliability."

Mr Sharpe thanked local residents for their patience during the upgrades.

The upgrades will mean smoother journeys for drivers between Ipswich and Felixstowe. Picture: Highways England
The upgrades will mean smoother journeys for drivers between Ipswich and Felixstowe. Picture: Highways England

"We’re pleased to have delivered this multi-million pound resurfacing scheme that will benefit all drivers as they make their journeys between Ipswich and Felixstowe,” he added.

During the project, teams also cleared 30,000m² - around the size of 115 tennis courts - of overgrown vegetation from the verges and central reservation.

A spokesman said this is a key part of the maintenance Highways England carries out as vegetation can become a safety risk is left unkept, by obstructing signs and sightlines.

Pot holes on local roads were also repaired in a joint effort alongside Suffolk Highways.

The £7 million scheme is part of Highways England’s £114 million investment, which runs until April, in to maintaining, improving and extending the lifespan of motorways and major A-roads in the East of England.

Motorways and major A-roads across the region, including the M11, A14, A1, A47 and A12, have all benefited from the investment, with road resurfacing, bridge joint replacements, the creation of cycle lanes, improved signage and landscaping among the improvements.

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