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Public information: Work progressing well on Broadland Northway roundabouts

03 December 2018

Drivers are being advised to leave extra time for their journeys this week as delays are possible as work moves to the Salhouse Road roundabout.

Essential work that started on Monday 5 November to replace damaged signs and kerbs on several Broadland Northway roundabouts is progressing well with work on the Reepham Road, Drayton Lane, North Walsham Road roundabouts already complete.Teams have today, Monday 3 December, moved to the Salhouse Road roundabout where work is expected to take about a week to complete.

When work is finished at the Salhouse Road roundabout teams will move to the last location which is the Plumstead Road roundabout. The Broadland Northway will remain open at all times however some lane closures will be necessary to allow work to take place.

To minimise disruption work is being carried out outside peak hours wherever possible, however in order to get the work done swiftly and safely, lane closures will be in place 24/7 at the Salhouse Road roundabout. Norfolk County Council thanks people for their patience while this essential work is underway.

While the lane closures are in effect, and traffic management is in place for this essential work, the County Council is also taking the opportunity to carry out a number of additional works. Doing the additional works at the same time as the essential work means that any disruption for drivers will be reduced and there will be a saving on the cost of putting traffic management in place another time.

The additional work will include some extra countdown signage being installed and some tweaks made to the white lines to help drivers to use the roundabouts on the Broadland Northway as intended. Also, more trees and shrubs will be planted and grass cutting and pruning will be done while contractors are on site.

This additional work is being carried out following a careful review of the video monitoring that has been carried out on most of the roundabouts. It was clear that issues have been caused by some drivers approaching the roundabouts too fast, and vehicles crossing paths as one of them left the roundabout.

The countdown markers that were installed at the Airport roundabout in July and Wroxham Road in September have already proved successful in helping to remind drivers to slow down on approaching the junction. It is hoped that installing similar additional reminders at the other roundabouts will have the same effect.

The cost for all of the work at each roundabout is expected to be approximately £20,000 and it is hoped that work will be complete by mid-December.

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