M11 concrete surface repairs and maintenance
We'll be carrying out concrete repair and maintenance work on the stretches of concrete surface on the M11 between junction 9a and the A11 at Ickleton in both directions. The work will include repairs to the concrete carriageway, drainage clearance, and renewal of road markings and reflective studs.
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 five 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.
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. Once complete, we expect the life of the road surface to be extended by up to 10 more years.
We are repairing potholes and cracking in the surfacing on both carriageways. The repairs are essential to ensure road user safety.
This scheme is part of the Highways England Concrete Roads Programme in the East region.
Work will start on Thursday 19 November 2020 and will take approximately 3 weeks to complete. To minimise disruption, our work will be done overnight and at weekends. For the safety of our workers and motorists, we will need to close the road between 8pm and 6am on weekdays. We will also need to close the road from 8pm on Friday 20 November until 6am on Monday 23 November, and 8pm on Friday 4 December to 6am Monday 7 December.
30 November: update and further work
We are pleased to say that our work to repair the concrete road surface on the M11 junction 9 to 9a has progressed well. During the first weekend road closure we managed to complete a large amount of our repair work, replacing 28 damaged concrete sections, which was quite an achievement.
Our repairs and maintenance work continued overnight throughout the following week. Unfortunately, poor weather conditions overnight on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 November have meant that work could not be completed as planned.
Originally we had anticipated only needing one full weekend road closure. We are now planning a further weekend closure from 8pm on Friday 4 December to 6am on Monday 7 December. By closing the road for an additional weekend, we can take the opportunity to replace extra concrete sections showing signs of deterioration, helping the road to remain in better condition for longer. We will replace the white lining and road studs (cat’s eyes). This extra weekend road closure will mean less overnight weekday closures, and we expect all the work to be completed by the morning of Monday 7 December.
We thank local residents and motorists for your ongoing patience whilst we complete these important repairs.
Diversion route for M11 junction 9 to A11 Ickleton
Thursday 19 November to Monday 14 December
Closures Monday to Thursday from 8pm to 6am.
Weekend closure from 8pm Friday 20 November to 6am Monday 23 November.
Weekend closure from 8pm Friday 4 December to 6am Monday 7 December.
For drivers heading north on the M11:
- Continue northbound and exit the M11 at junction 10 onto the A505
- Follow the A505 in the direction of Newmarket to join the A11
For drivers heading south on the A11:
- Exit the A11 onto the A505
- Follow the A505 to join the M11 southbound at junction 10
We expect these diversions to add approximately 20 minutes to the usual journey time.