REMINDER - A1088, Stowlangtoft to close from 22 JUly to 20 December 2024.

For your awareness, Suffolk Highways are planning to carry out the replacement of a highway bridge along the A1088, Stowlangtoft.

The works are programmed to commence on Monday 22 July 2024 and will continue until Friday 20 December 2024. During this time, the road will be closed to ensure the safety of highway users and our operatives.

For the duration of the closure, traffic will be diverted via A1088, A14, A143 and vice versa.

This is a significant project which will secure the longevity of the structure, ensuring that it is safer for all highway users.

Due to the extent of the closure, and to reduce the impact on surrounding villages, additional actions are being taken in advance of and throughout works, as follows,

Preparation of roads near to closure

Consultations have taken place with representatives from the local community, who have expressed concerns regarding local roads being used to bypass the closure, without using the official diversion route. Several major routes have been highlighted.

In order to prepare these routes for a higher volume of traffic, reactive repair and vegetation works and will be carried out prior to commencement of the closure. Suffolk Highways will inspect these routes shortly, assess the extent of required repairs and schedule these to be carried out. The routes in question can be found in ATTACHMENT A and are marked in red.

Implementation of temporary speed limits

In addition to the above, temporary advisory speed limits will be implemented on several of these routes, for the safety of local residents and as a traffic calming measure. Advisory limits can be found in ATTACHMENT A and are marked in light blue.

Extents of signage

A plan showing the diversion route for these works, along with signage which will be placed along the route, can be found in ATTACHMENT B.

In addition to this, significant signage will be placed on local routes. The locations of this signage can be found in ATTACHMENT C – please note that the sign type is not included in this document and can be found in ATTACHMENT C1.

Queries regarding works

Recognising the potential volume of queries we may receive regarding these works, a dedicated email address has been set up for residents to contact them on. If you have any questions or concerns, please email A1088BridgeFarmBridge@milestoneinfra.co.uk and they will respond as quickly as possible. Please also circulate these details within your division or parish to ensure as many people as possible are aware of how best to contact us.

As they plan roadworks in advance, they schedule extra days to allow for bad weather or other delays beyond our control. If they need to make major changes to our work dates, they will update the information signs on site and their social media channels accordingly.

When they close the road and put a diversion in place, the route needs to be accessible to vehicles of all shapes and sizes. They make their diversions as clear as possible by placing appropriate signing along the route. The latest updates on their works can be found on the One.Network website.

There may be times that essential emergency works are required to take place on the highway network without advanced notice – you can follow Suffolk Highways on Twitter for the latest emergency roadwork updates.