Osborne Complete Work on A14 in Suffolk

Recently, the Capital Delivery Framework team fully closed both east and westbound bridge decks of the A14 Junction 52 at Claydon, near Ipswich in Suffolk.

Over a full weekend closure, both carriageways were rewaterproofed and resurfaced, with the bridge decks being fully opened to traffic at 3.30am on Monday 25 June.

Work included concrete deck repairs, installation of subsurface drainage, concrete and drainage kerbs and the concrete central reserve, as well as the laying of 680m2 of waterproof membrane, and 1900m2 of carriageway surfacing.

The initial plans for the scheme required a full closure of the A14 with weekend traffic diverted through local villages, which initially raised concerns.  Following discussions, it was decided that with some additional work in advance of the weekend closure, the exit and entry slip roads could be adjusted to carry traffic in an off-and-on-again diversion.

The parish councils, local residents and other stakeholders were notified of the plans, and additional on-road signage was deployed to avoid rat-running and other disturbance to the villages.

Well done to all involved.