A summary of the work underway in late 2021 between the A128 (Orsett Cock roundabout) and the A1014 (The Manorway, Stanford-le-Hope) is provided below.
A temporary road layout is in place so construction works can continue in the central area and at the sides of the road. Works include:
- completing drainage outlets
- preparing for final surfacing
- installing signs
- constructing environmental barriers
Most of the work can be completed within the temporary safety barrier. This means the effect on road users will be minimal. Some road closures will still be needed, however, so more complicated work can be completed safely.
As at autumn 2021, a temporary road surface is in place for traffic. The final surface layer – a special low-noise material – will be laid towards the end of the project. As work continues, you may notice some small changes in alignment and road levels, but this won't affect the safety of road users.
Orsett Cock roundabout
The new Orsett Cock roundabout is being built in stages. This means road users are travelling on a temporary alignment while work on drainage, kerbs, signs and the road surface continues.
Some overnight and weekend road closures will be needed for road surfacing and re-alignment works.
Once complete, the roundabout will have 3 lanes. Signals will be installed to improve the flow of traffic.
The new Horndon Bridge opened in spring 2021. The new bridge is a bridleway, which means it can be used by pedestrians, cyclists and horse-riders.
The approaches to the 53m steel structure are sloped rather than stepped, with a surface of horse-friendly rubber tiles made from recycled tyres. The side panels of the bridge are solid to prevent horses being spooked by the traffic below.
Some works are still to be completed in the area surrounding Horndon Bridge. These include planting, installing environmental barriers and removing construction site fencing once it's safe to do so.
Saffron Gardens Bridge
The majority of works at Saffron Gardens Bridge have been completed. The farmer who uses it is now able to transport agricultural vehicles on the new structure.
The footpath that forms part of the bridge will remain closed until all works in the surrounding area are complete and it's safe for pedestrians to use it again.