Motorists warned of more Chowns Mill A45/A6 junction weekend closures

The work will last all weekend

By Alison Bagley
Wednesday, 1st September 2021, 1:04 pm
Updated Thursday, 2nd September 2021, 3:14 pm

A whole weekend of roadworks will disrupt motorists using the A45 and A6 close to Rushden, Irthlingborough and Higham Ferrers again with more latest closures by National Highways

From Friday, September 3 to Monday, September 6, the A45 westbound will be closed from the Stanwick Lakes roundabout to the Rushden Lakes roundabout while the A6 southbound will be closed between Chowns Mill roundabout and the Kimbolton Road roundabout close to Higham and Rushden.

Station Road (A5028) Higham Ferrers will also be closed to traffic at the Chowns Mill roundabout.

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How the Chowns Mill junction should look

The closure will be in place from 8pm on the Friday to 5am on the Monday, as part of the £24m upgrade of the A45 junction with the A6.

Highways England have implemented the road closures for the safety of workers and road users while work to install new traffic signals and lighting, and carry out resurfacing, is carried out.

National Highways Project Manager, Dean Holloway, said: “This weekend closure will enable us to carry out the work needed to open up the half hamburger roundabout to traffic.

“We are working with the local authority, police and Rushden Lakes to reduce congestion in the area during the closure but it is important that drivers do stick to the clearly signed diversion route to keep traffic moving as smoothly as possible.

The new gantries

“Any road closures can be disruptive and we are grateful to people for their understanding while we carry out this important work.”

Previous closures caused traffic chaos as frustrated shoppers reported more than four hours to escape the car park in July during the previous partial shutdown of the Chowns Mill roundabout - two miles along the A45.

The Chowns Mill junction is being redesigned to tackle congestion. The new layout will include a ‘half hamburger’ roundabout with a new link road connecting the A6 south and A5028 with the existing roundabout.

Work, which started in February 2020, is on track to allow drivers to travel through the new ‘half hamburger’ island on Monday morning but new traffic signals and lighting needs to be installed before that can happen.

The pedestrian crossing will not be in use until later in the month and people are advised to continue to use the free 24/7 shuttle bus.

For live traffic updates follow the @HighwaysEMIDS Twitter feed. The National Highways 24/7 customer contact centre team can also provide up-to-the minute information on 0300 123 5000.