King's Dyke project enters key phase as work on road connections begins

Contractor Jones Bros is to begin work on the King's Dyke level crossing project on the western roundabout

Contractor Jones Bros is to begin work on the King's Dyke level crossing project on the western roundabout before switching to the eastern roundabout in late spring. - Credit: Cambridgeshire County Council

A level crossing project has entered a vital phase with work on the road connections to start imminently. 

The King's Dyke level crossing project that will replace the level crossing on the A605 near Whittlesey has reached a key milestone.

With all the major structures now completed, contractors are set to commence connecting the new road to the existing network.

Contractor Jones Bros is to begin on the western roundabout before switching to the eastern roundabout in late spring. 

As a result, temporary traffic management measures on the road will be necessary for the following periods: 

  • From January 10, for the first three weeks, three-way traffic lights will be used on the Funtham’s Lane Junction at the western end. These will be operating from Monday morning, 9.30am all the way through the week until 3.30pm on Friday, as they work initially on the westbound carriageway.

  • After this period, they’ll switch to using two-way traffic lights on the western roundabout, restricted to the hours between 9.30am and 3.30pm each weekday. 

  • During this work, the bus stop located at the junction with Funtham’s Lane will be closed and a temporary bus stop will be available approximately 50m to the west.

  • They’ll then introduce 24-hour traffic lights for a further month while they progress the eastbound side of the carriageway. 

  • Work on the western side is scheduled to finish in the first part of the spring, with attention shifting to the eastern side in early summer. 

There will be a month-long gap between the western and eastern phases.

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Rhydian Hafal, project manager for Jones Bros, said: “We’ve worked hard to keep traffic management to an absolute minimum, however, with highways projects like this, some disruption is inevitable. 

“We are aiming to open the new bridge and divert the A605 in that direction as soon as possible, so we can carry out remaining tie-in works without traffic lights. 

“We will be monitoring how the temporary traffic lights affect vehicle movement closely, in particular around the level crossing, and will look to guarantee there is no danger of a vehicle being caught on the crossing itself.” 

The King’s Dyke transport scheme is progressing well and is on track to open to traffic at the end of 2022. 

More information about this work can be found online. 

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