Monday, 17 September 2007
Thurrock Council is to carry out essential maintenance to the A13 between the Stanford-le-Hope and Five Bells interchanges.
This work, which is funded by the Department of Transport through Thurrock's Local Transport Plan, will begin on Monday 24 September.
The Council has decided to carry out the work, which will last for about six weeks, now to avoid extra disruption to residents caused by Christmas shoppers adding to road congestion.
The work will involve a three-kilometre section of the A13, both London and Southend bound, being resurfaced along with smaller areas of deeper construction.
Works will also include a traffic safety scheme, which incorporates carriageway chevron markings advising motorists to keep their distance.
For the duration of the works traffic will be managed by a contra flow leaving three lanes available for vehicles at peak times.
Two of these lanes will be opened London bound in the morning s peak and two lanes Southend bound in the evening s peak. All other times one lane will be available in each direction.
To minimise the overall duration of these restrictions works will use 24 hours shift working pattern.
Councillor Tunde Ojetola, Portfolio Holder for Transport, said: "It is inevitable these works on such a busy road as the A13 will cause delays to road users, but the scheme has been designed to make these essential works as safe and as quick as possible.
"Advanced signs have also been placed along the road before the work to warn drivers of likely delays.
"The Council has liased with the police and with other highway authorities on the surrounding routes to minimise traffic disruption, but would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused"