The three-week closure of Reepham Road begins on Tuesday 18 April - and motorists are advised to allow extra time and use alternative routes if possible - as many did last time.
For traffic heading into Norwich next Tuesday, the signed diversion will be along Fir Covert Road. The last time Reepham Road was closed, first day delays at the Fir Covert junction with the A1067 Fakenham Road were around half an hour. Fortunately these were much reduced for the rest of the closure as drivers used other routes..
Last week's Traffic Management Workshop considered putting traffic lights at the Fir Covert/A1067/Beech Avenue junction but decided not to because:
- In the past, lights at that
junction have caused major delays for A1067 traffic.
- During the last
closure of Reepham Road the first day problems were much reduced for the rest of the closure.
- If, as last time, traffic diverts early from Reepham Road, joining Fakenham Road
at Lenwade or Attlebridge, causing delays on the A1067 would be counter-productive.
Hall Lane and School Road, Drayton, are not suitable diversion routes. Both are
traffic calmed, and School Lane passes two schools and has a 7.5 tonne weight
limit so cannot legally be used as a through-route by HGVs.
The closure of Reepham Road is to allow the completion of the roundabout under construction at its junction with Drayton Lane. If at all possible, the road will be reopened ahead of the 5 May target date. It should be possible to open the southern section of Drayton Lane, from Reepham Road to Hall Lane, at the same time.
Our eye in the sky flyer Mike Page caught the moment when the third pair of 42-metre bridge beams were lowered into place over the Norwich to Sheringham Railway at Rackheath last Sunday.
Perfect weather helped the beam lifting team get all five 80-tonne pairs of beams on to the Rackheath railway bridge in a single day. While most people were enjoying an early taste of summer it was the lack of wind that allowed the 1,000 tonne crane to complete the work in textbook fashion.
This means that no work, and no closure of Plumstead Road, will be necessary on Easter Sunday - the reserve day in case it was not possible to complete the lifts. However, the bus replacement of Bittern Line trains will still go ahead that day because it is too late to change plans.
Getting the beams in place over the railway is another important achievement for the construction project. The bridge is one of the critical structures on a key section of the route, vying in importance with the A1270 NDR/A140 Cromer Road junction.