A12 concrete surface repairs and maintenance
We'll be carrying out repairs and maintenance on the stretches of concrete surface on the A12 carriageway between junction 22 and junction 24 in both directions, as well as other repairs and maintenance during 2021. The work will include repair to the concrete road main carriageway, clearing drains, repainting road markings and new reflective studs (cats eyes).
The East region has the highest concentration of concrete roads on our road network, including the A14, A12, A120 and A11.
Around half of the old-style concrete will either receive holding repairs or will be replaced during next 5 years.
We’ll be using innovative techniques and new technology to provide a modern road that will last for decades to come, and which is easier and quicker for us to repair in future.
Why we need this scheme
The surface of concrete roads that were designed between the 1950s and 1970s have an average life span of 50 years. Their surfaces are now reaching the stage where they will need to be repaired or replaced for safety reasons, and to help them be less noisy and better to drive on.
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Our road repairs will help improve the safety of the road surface. It is essential that we complete repairs to the potholes and cracking to ensure a smoother and safer ride on the A12. Once complete, we expect the life of the road surface to be extended by up to 10 more years.
We are resurfacing and repairing potholes and cracks in the concrete road surface on the A12 main carriageway between junction 22 and junction 24 in both the northbound and southbound directions. This project is part of the Highways England Concrete Roads Programme in the East region.
We have changed our initial approach so that we will work from Thursday to Tuesdays through to 2 December, rather than weekends through to 20 December. This is due to reduced traffic as a result of Covid 19 lockdown restrictions. We aim to complete the work earlier to avoid disruption in December when we expect lockdown to have finished, supporting people with Christmas shopping and other journeys, and to help fuel the economy.
For safety and to minimise disruption to motorists, we need to close the road for the following periods to do our repairs:
A12 northbound closures:
- 8pm Thursday 12 November until 6am Tuesday 17 November
A12 southbound closures:
- 8pm Thursday 19 November until 6am Tuesday 24 November
- 8pm Thursday 26 November until 6am Tuesday 1 December
Diversions: See map below
During A12 northbound road closures, traffic will exit the A12 at junction 19 onto the A130; then follow the A130; onto the A131; then follow the A131; then take the A120; follow the A120 to re-join the A12 at junction 25.
During A12 southbound closures, traffic will follow the same diversion route roads.