A14 closures in place from March 8 until end of July with traffic to be diverted through Newmarket town centre
Drivers in Suffolk are facing five months of roadworks and delays on the A14, with closures in place from next week.
Essential maintenance work is due to be carried out between junctions 33 and 37 from March 8 until the end of July and will see a new drainage system, road studs and safety barriers installed. Areas of the road will also be resurfaced.
Traffic will be diverted off the A14 and through Newmarket town centre while full closures are in place.
Lane closures will be in place in both directions during this time, and will remain closed 24 hours a day until works are completed.
To block off the affected lanes, the stretch of road will be closed between 9pm and 4am on weeknights until March 19.
The eastbound carriageway will be closed from March 8 to 12 and the following diversion routes will be in place:
- At junction 33, eastbound traffic will be diverted on to the A10 Ely Southern Bypass and the A142 before rejoining the A14 at junction 37
- Eastbound traffic wanting to join the A14 at junction 35 will be asked to follow the A1303, A1304 and A142 before rejoining the A14 at junction 37
- Northbound traffic on the A11 will be diverted off the road at Six Mile Bottom via the A1304 before rejoining the A11 at junction 38
- Northbound traffic on the A11 wanting to join the A14 will be diverted on to the A1304 and the A142 before being able to join the A14 at junction 37
Night closures will be in place on the westbound carriageway from March 15 until March 19, with the following diversions in place:
- Westbound traffic on the A14 will leave at junction 37, and follow the A142 and Ely Bypass before joining the A14 at junction 33
- Southbound traffic on the A11 will be diverted at junction 38 of the A14, and will have to follow the A1304 before rejoining the A11 at Six Mile Bottom
From Monday until July 30, lane 3 of both A14 carriageways between junctions 33 and 37 will be closed, with drivers warned to expect delays.
Highways England confirmed that more closures will be introduced in June, with details of these expected to be released in the coming months.
A spokesman for Highways England said: "There won't be any day-time closures along the A14 between J33-J39 and no traffic will pass through Newmarket during day times.
"Once the lane closures are in place, we plan to complete work over five months.
"Drivers will still be able to use the A14 in both directions with lane closures in place 24/7 for the duration of the work."