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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Work begins on bypass improvements

Highway maintenance work on the A47 in Hinckley is expected to last around three months and will mean smoother journeys for all.

The improvement work will mean some temporary road closures.
The improvement work will mean some temporary road closures.

A project to improve roads and footways on three major routes in Leicestershire is entering its final phase, with work now underway on the A47 Dodwell’s Road/Normandy Way Hinckley Bypass.

 Highway maintenance work on the A426 Blaby Bypass and the A6 Market Harborough Bypass is already complete and the A47 project is the last part of the scheme, which is being funded using £5m of cash from the ‘challenge fund’ allocated by the Department of Transport to assist with Covid-19 recovery. 

 Work between the A5 roundabout near McDonalds and the roundabout connecting with Roston Drive began on Monday this week and will last for around three months.

 It will be carried out in phases to minimise disruption to both road users and businesses and where roads are closed, diversions will be in place.

 Hanson Contracting are delivering the scheme on behalf of the county council and the first part of the project will be to waterproof the canal bridge, meaning a  24-hour closure of Dodwells Road between Brindley Road and Roston Drive. This first phase work is is expected to be completed by Sunday June 27.

 After that, work will begin on footpaths, with staged overnight road closures  between 8pm and 6am on different stretches of the road.

 Road resurfacing is scheduled to take place in September – again in phases, with overnight road closures.

The improvements being carried out on the A47 Dodwells Road are the final part of our bypass project, with work on both the Blaby and Harborough bypasses being completed already with minimal disruption.

 “We’d like to thank local residents and businesses for their co-operation and support and we’d ask motorists to bear with us as we complete the final stage of this programme which will mean improved journeys for us all.”

 

Councillor Ozzy O’Shea, cabinet member for highways and transport

 For more details about the work – and to check for updates, go to: https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/a47-dodwells-road

 

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