Colne Bank Avenue Widening

Progress update - 25 May 2017:   

Carriageway surfacing and lining are in progress on the Colne Bank Avenue widening scheme this week, allowing three lanes of carriageway to reopen once this is complete.

Following these surfacing works, over the next couple of weeks the site team will concentrate on constructing the southern footway and undertaking other remaining works. During this time the fourth lane will remain closed, with adjustments made to traffic management to accommodate safe working.

Please continue to take extra care when driving through the area and observe the local signs.

We anticipate under the current programme that all four lanes will be open to traffic week commencing 12 June 2017.

Overnight closure information (w/c 22 May 2017):

A series of overnight closures are required to support surfacing works on Colne Bank Avenue.  The closures are planned for the following nights, between the hours of 8pm and 5am:

  • Thursday 25 May
  • Friday 26 May
  • Saturday 27 May (reserved as a continugency)    

Please note that arrangements may be subject to change at short notice as works are subject to suitable weather.  Appropriate traffic management will be in place throughout the works with diversions signposted.  

The Colne Bank Avenue widening is the part of a number of highway improvement projects proposed in this area of Colchester over the coming years to improve sustainable transport links from the north of Colchester to the town centre and reduce traffic congestion along the A133 Corridor. The project forms part of the £24.9m Local Growth Fund improvements for Colchester. This section of carriageway is a particular pinch-point for traffic travelling on an east-west movement along the A133. This scheme will ultimately tie in to the introduction of left turn slip lanes at Colne Bank roundabout and the proposed widening of Cowdray Avenue and Westway - these later components are developer funded projects linked to the building of new homes to the north of Colchester Town Centre.

Details of Works

Reduction of pinch point pressure will be achieved through the carriageway being widened to two lanes each way between Colne Bank roundabout and the Albert roundabout. Further deliverables include:

  • Strengthening works to Temple Bridge and Temple Subway
  • Re-waterproofing the bridge deck
  • Introduction of an enhanced shared footway/ cycleway to the southern side of Colne Bank Avenue

During August 2015, Essex County Council’s highways partner Ringway Jacobs carried out site surveys and ground investigations along Colne Bank Avenue to support the development of the design.  

Work began early July 2016.

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