Motorists travelling via the Flagstaff roundabout near Ashby are being advised to give themselves extra time or rethink their route due to emergency repair work taking place.
This includes people who plan to attend Ashby Statutes Fair, which takes place over the next few days (14-18 of September).
Highways England is carrying out repair work to the bridge that crosses the A42 after a vehicle collided with a parapet.
Lane closures are currently in place on the north side of the bridge and also on the A511 between Nottingham Road, Ashby and the Flagstaff roundabout (Junction 13 of the A42) to ensure motorists’ safety until the repairs can be carried out.
It is anticipated that it will be three weeks before repairs are completed.
Flagstaff roundabout is a very busy interchange and, understandably, this essential repair work is resulting in heavy congestion at peak times on the A42, A511 and A512.
“Highways England are working hard to repair the damage and we’d like thank motorists for their patience while this is carried out. We are working with them to see if they are ways to adapt the traffic management to help reduce congestion.
“In the meantime, we are asking motorists to either give themselves extra time if they know they need to travel via the junction, or to plan an alternative route.Person:Blake Pain, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for highways and transport
Highways England asset manager, Malcolm Dangerfield, said: “Safety is our number one priority and until a permanent repair to the parapet has taken place one lane on the bridge crossing the A42 will need to remain closed.
“Due to the extent of the damage caused to the barrier a specially-designed steel replacement has had to be ordered. We expect this to be with us in a matter of weeks.
“In the meantime we’d like to thank motorists, businesses and residents for their patience and advise drivers to allow extra time for their journeys along this route.”
Updates will be available by following @HighwaysEmids @ATCLeicester and @LeicsCountyHall on Twitter