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A45 Chowns Mill Roundabout Improvement Scheme

A45 Chowns Mill Roundabout Improvement Scheme

Progress report

As traffic volumes are lower, we've closed some lanes around the A45 / A6 Chowns Mill junction. We've kept one lane open and will continue to review this arrangement. This single lane running will continue until 16 May.
We've made good progress creating new road space around the roundabout and within the central reservation areas of the approaches to the roundabout. This will allow us to use the additional road space we need to place permanent temporary traffic management system (Monoblock). Noise and Vibration Monitoring
We understand that our overnight work is causing inconvenience and disruption for which we apologise and thank you for your patience while we carry out this vital work.
We're working hard to complete this work as quickly and safely as possible while minimising the amount of noise generated. Unfortunately, it's not possible to eliminate all construction noise and vibration. However, we're adopting best practise measures and working as considerately as we can, giving advance notice about our planned works
We've recently begun to work on Station Road (A5028) and uncovered part of the old A6 road, which we needed to break out using an excavator. Following feedback from nearby residents who were concerned about vibration, we halted this activity and we're now approaching the removal of the old A6 in a different way. We're using a road planer, which will get the works completed quicker and should produce less vibration and noise.
We will also issue our workers with 2-way radios to talk to each other in a further effort to minimise noise.
We continue to use mobile noise barriers and the latest quieter running machines. We're using specialist equipment to monitor noise and vibration levels and will review these to ensure they are within the agreed limits.
Dust issues
We apologise for the dust over the recent spell of nice weather – we'll be using new equipment that will spray water and reduce the amount of dust generated.
'Three Oaks' tree Higham Ferrers
We've concluded our investigation work into the oak tree, situated on Station Road (A5028) Higham Ferrers, which is referred to locally as Three Oaks, due to its unusual three-stem trunk.

Safety is our top priority and we have decided to remove the Three Oaks tree early next week.. We only fell trees when it is necessary to keep people safe or to allow us to improve journeys.
We've listened to local people, including the local campaign group, and understand their feelings about the history of the Three Oaks tree. Therefore, we carried out investigation and design work to determine if the tree could be retained safely.
Unfortunately, the findings conclude that the proximity of the improvement work will leave the tree unstable, due to the size and spread of its roots, and in danger of falling, risking public safety.
What's next?
Over the next week, we will be working on the A5028 Station Road and the A6 bypass during the day. This work may be noisy and cause some vibration. During the night, we'll work on the A6 Bypass, as well as earthworks/vegetation clearance on other areas of the project.
We'll be laying asphalt on the A6 Bypass & A6 Station Road at night between Monday 4 and Thursday 7 May. To ensure the safety of our workforce and road users, we need to fully close the road overnight. Even though there is less traffic, our major routes need to remain open during the day.
The weekend of 9 to10 May (no work Friday 8 May Bank Holiday) we will be working at night preparing the junction for the installation of the permanent traffic management.
We expect to install the Monoblock safety barrier by the middle of May 2020. Once this is in place it will mean that we can carry out the majority of our work safely during the day for a long period of time throughout the project. We will still need some elements of night work, but the noisiest and heaviest construction work will be carried out during the day.

Date Closure Times
9 May
A45 CHOWNS MILL – NORTH HALF OF ROUNDABOUT CLOSED A45 Eastbound from Rushden Lakes to Stanwick closed A6 North from Chowns Mill to Irthlingborough (Nene Park Rbt) closed in both directions (North and Southbound|) A45 Westbound and A6 Southbound still passable through Chowns Mill
8pm to 6am
10 May
A45 CHOWNS MILL – SOUTH HALF OF ROUNDABOUT CLOSED A45 Westbound from Stanwick to Rushden Lakes closed A6 South from Chowns Mill to Rushden (Kimbolton Rd Rbt) closed in both directions (South and Northbound|) A45 Eastbound and A6 Northbound still passable through Chowns Mill
8pm to 6am

NOTE: Our planned closures may be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. Where possible, we will notify you if there are any changes to the schedule.

You said, we did
We place a high value on good relationships with our neighbours:
You said: "Stop motorists dangerously queue jumping on the A6 North bridge by using the old Station Road."
We're working with our colleagues in Northamptonshire County Council to consider what Temporary Road Restrictions can be put in place to help stop the dangerous queue jumping and speeding along the old Station Road.
You said: "Sort the overgrown footpath out from the A6 North bridge to Old Mill"
We're going to cut back vegetation and make the existing footway passable. This will be a temporary improvement as a new footway will be laid as part of the Chowns Mill Improvement scheme.
You said: "Please do not place the temporary bus stop in front of houses on Hecham Way"
We moved the proposed temporary bus stop to opposite Hecham Way on Station Road – we also built a path from the existing bus shelter so that customers can continue to use the bus shelter in bad weather.
You said: "Manage local congestion when Station Road is closed"

We recognise that any work we carry out will invariably cause some disruption. We have an ongoing plan to manage and monitor the local traffic situation. This includes carrying out:
▪ a dilapidation survey on Kimbolton Road before and after the closure of the A5028 ▪ traffic counts on Kimbolton Road before and after the closure of the A5028 ▪ noise monitoring before and after the closure of the A5028.
We're taking several measures to help minimise disruption, these include:
▪ Using advanced strategic signs across the network to encourage non-local road users to use the A45 / A6 rather than local roads and villages. ▪ Limiting the number of full road closures and completing as much of the work using narrow lanes, to reduce the need for other road closures and diversions. ▪ Working on the A5028 Station Road during the day. ▪ The roundabout will be passable on the A45 / A6 most of the time, with minimal closures
We're in regular contact with HGV / Bus transport providers to ensure that their drivers adhere to the official diversion routes
We continue to regularly monitor surrounding traffic volumes.
You said: "Stop speeding cars through road works"
Safety is our top priority and the speed limits we've put in place are to protect road users and our workers on site. There have been incidents of speeding and racing on the A45 & A6. We're working closely with Northamptonshire Police Road Safety Team who are carrying out enforcement measures. We would like to thank you for your patience and understanding.
Keeping Informed To receive text alerts about future A45 Chowns Mill road closures, please text A45CM to 07537 439499. Messages will be charged at your standard network text message rate. To unsubscribe, please text 'A45CM STOP' to the same number. You can contact the site office 24/7 by calling 0333 0124 596 For information about the scheme, please visit our webpage: For more information, or to be removed from the mailing list, please email:

Posted: Mon, 04 May 2020 11:53 by Emma Williams

Tags: Chowns Mill, Highways