Busy road in Northampton to be closed overnight as work on £2.7 million roundabout gets underway

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A series of road closures on a busy road in Northampton are set for January as work starts on a £2.7 million new roundabout near the police headquarters.

Construction work is set to start on the new traffic-signalled “gyratory” at the junction of Wootton Hall Park, in the new year.

The Northamptonshire County Council scheme is intended to improve traffic safety and vehicle flow on the town’s ring-road, including access to the Wootton Hall site, which is the preferred site for a new free school.

Preparation works started earlier in autumn but from January 4, 2016, there will be a series of night-time road closures and off-peak day-time lane closures.

Cabinet member for highways, Councillors Michael Clarke, said: “We’ve done what we can to try and minimise the disruption caused and will endeavour to complete the work as quickly as possible.

“We would also encourage drivers to note the times of the road and lane closures, plan their journeys accordingly and, where possible, seek out alternative routes.”

From Tuesday, January 5 (8pm) until Wednesday, January 6 (6am) a full road closure will be in place to install the safety barriers required for the work to take place.

Also between Tuesday, January and Friday, January 29 there will be off-peak lane closures on the eastbound carriageway of Mereway from Monday to Friday (9.30am to 3.30pm) with a 20mph limit in force.

From Saturday, January 30 (12am) to Monday, February 1 (6am) there will be a full weekend closure of both carriageways.

Throughout the works until April there will be off-peak lane closures between Mondays and Fridays (9.30am and 3.30pm). These will be introduced depending on requirements, with a 20mph speed limit in place during these times.

In early April a full road closure will be required for the final road surfacing and reinstating of road markings.

This will take place at a weekend, with the exact date still to be determined.

After the resurfacing work is completed work will continue under traffic management until the scheduled completion date in May.

As ever with Highways works, dates could change dependent on weather conditions.