I have just received this message today from Anna Graham of Highways England (formerly Highways Agency)
“I am writing to provide an update on the resurfacing works between Junctions 33 (Copdock) and 31 (East Bergholt). We have so far laid 11,227 tonnes of surfacing material. The areas of safety barrier and drainage identified for renewal are 78% and 90% complete respectively.
We continue to be on course to complete the works by the end of May, subject to weather conditions.
We are due to switch the contraflow which will involve a full northbound overnight closure on 5 May and an overnight full closure on the southbound carriageway on 7 May. This will enable us to work on the southern section of the southbound carriageway while contraflow is on the northbound carriageway.
There will be a clearly signed diversion route in place. The diversion is from the A14 J56 onto the A137 then B1070 to J31 Four Sisters Interchange and vice versa. HGVs will go via A133, A137 and A14 and vice versa.
On all side roads Gatemen will be present to assist with members of the public who wish to access residences and business’ which may be affected by the road closures.
At Junctions 11 to 12 near Brentwood we have laid approximately 13,572 tonnes of surfacing material. The areas of safety barrier and drainage identified for renewal are 67% and 85% complete respectively.
For Junctions 11 to 12 we will be operating contraflow for approximately three weeks when it’ll be necessary to close the northbound carriageway for 14 overnights to enable the surfacing of the area of the northbound carriageway closest to the M25 which cannot be done under contraflow. I’ll provide an update closer to the time to confirm the start of this phase.
We are not working during the May bank Holidays, however, the speed limit and the cylindrical cones on the centre line of the carriageway will remain in place.
I thank you for your patience while this work is completed.
Anna Graham, Project Sponsor
Highways England | Woodlands | Manton Lane | Bedford | MK41 7LW