About the scheme
Along Sudbury Road, Gestingthorpe, there is a 130-metre length of stream that is separated from the carriageway by a concrete retaining wall. The retaining wall had failed in places and temporary barriers are currently on site separating vehicles from the stream.
The existing carriageway is 5 metres wide and there is currently no kerb along either side of the carriageway. The watercourse at the base of the retaining wall has begun to undercut the wall. The stream runs between two culverts on this section of road, one of these culverts restricts the flow of water.
The existing watercourse will be moved further away from the road and the failing concrete retaining wall is to be replaced with an engineered embankment to support the carriageway. This will allow the road to be widened and kerbed, especially on the bend at Hill Farm.
The existing culvert at Hill Farm will be extended and the other one replaced with a larger pipe, that will allow a greater volume of water to flow down the stream. This will reduce the amount of flooding of the road.
What is involved and how it may affect you
The works are proposed to begin in January 2021 and are programmed to last for 6 weeks. There will be a full road closure during the works, however there will be occasions when two way traffic signals can be utilised and these will allow single file traffic past the works i.e. at weekends. It is felt that a road closure would be safer for the workforce and passing traffic. Access to the sewage works and for other emergency services will be maintained if required.
A diversion route will be in place during the closure of Sudbury Road, the route can be seen below.
Please note that the work programme may be subject to change if works are affected by poor weather (heavy rainfall etc.) or if unexpected issues arise.
We will share the latest information about the works and progress updates on this webpage as the scheme progresses.
For details about other roadworks in the area please visit: One.Network or the @essexhighways twitter feed.
Thank you in advance for your patience and co-operation while we undertake these necessary works.