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Work starts on £22m highway improvements across Norfolk

28 July 2020

Work has started on one of the largest schemes made possible by the £22m highway funding for Norfolk that the Department for Transport announced in May.

Norfolk received more than any other local authority in the East of England for maintenance and repairs to the county’s roads, bridges, pavements and cycle paths. The maintenance work will not only repair roads but help to prevent potholes opening-up.

One of the first schemes to get underway is a £750,000 resurfacing scheme on the main road through Poringland. This will be followed by a range of improvements across the county, all of which are set for completion by the end of March 2021.

Cllr Martin Wilby, cabinet member for highways, infrastructure and transport, said: “I’m very pleased to see work now underway as communities across the county will benefit from the £22m funding that has made a range of schemes possible, including more than £880,000 repairs and improvements to a number of Fen roads that have been badly affected by recent hot summers.

“A strong Norfolk economy needs good infrastructure so the extra money for Norfolk means we can do more to maintain and improve our highway network to help support sustainable growth.”

Since the announcement, the county’s highways teams have been planning delivery of the schemes, including £1.2m for mechanical and electrical repairs to Great Yarmouth’s 90-year-old Haven Bridge, £320,000 for resurfacing the B1145 at Billingford, and £140,000 for resurfacing the A1122 in Downham Market.

The £22m funding award is in addition to Norfolk County Council’s existing highways capital maintenance budget of £38.6m for the year 2020-2021.

Breakdown of spend and key schemes

Breakdown of spend and key schemes:

Bridges £2.2m

  • Great Yarmouth Haven Bridge (mechanical and electrical repairs) £1.2m
  • Smallburgh A149 Wayford Bridge 279,500

Traffic signals £165,000

Road surfacing

  • A Roads £2.55m
  • A140 Norwich - Boundary Road across A140 £163,284
  • A140 Norwich - Sweet Briar Road, Drayton Road to Hellesdon Hall Road £159,350
  • A140 Norwich - Ipswich Road junction Hall Lane £224,556
  • A1076 King’s Lynn A1076 northern entrance to QE2 £30,000
  • A1122 Downham Market - approach to Level crossing £140,000
  • A148 King’s Lynn - Blackfriars Road £53,200
  • A140 Horsford - A140 Dumbell Roundabout south of Broadland Northway £182,000
  • A140 Scole- A140 roundabout £172,873
  • A140 Dickleborough - A140 roundabout £74,249
  • A148 King’s Lynn - Lynn Road pedestrian crossing £72,000
  • A1066 Roydon - Stanley Road £143,000
  • A11 Cringleford - A11 junction, A47 roundabout £103,002
  • A1064 Acle - New Road (A47 to Old Road) £115,709

B roads £2.5m

  • B1332 Poringland - through village £520,000
  • B1159 Stalham - Steeping stone lane £165,000
  • B1145 Billingford - The Street £320,000
  • B1112 Methwold - Stoke Road £170,000
  • B1113 Carleton Rode - The Turnpike £47,000
  • B1111 Garboldisham The Street £34,000
  • B1155 Stanhoe - Burnham Road £26,000
  • B1110 Wood Norton - junction C335 Stibbard Road £36,000
  • B1110 Wood Norton - junction C331 Fulmodestone / Hindolveston Road £36,000
  • B1110 Swanton Novers - junction C637 £36,000

C and unclassified (U) roads £3.55m

  • Fen road repairs
  • Outwell - Mullicourt Road, A1122 to Angle Road £60,000
  • Outwell - Pincushion Road, A1122 to end £43,000
  • Upwell - Cock Fen Road, Flint House Road to end £65,000
  • Southery - Sedge Fen Road £178,000
  • Marshall St James - Black Drove £171,000
  • Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalen - Fen Road £54,000
  • Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalen - Mill Road £57,000
  • King’s Lynn Saddlebow - Thiefgate Lane / Low Rd 253,000

Machine patching/edge strengthening/haunching £2.4m

Surface dressing £650,000

Drainage £1.2m

Other

  • Signs replacement £750,000, lining £350,000, cat’s eyes £350,000
  • Pavements / cycleways (details on locations tbc) £1.5m
  • Passenger Transport £180,000

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