A120 Hare Green Junction improvement

Construction of a new roundabout at Harwich Road and closure of the centre reserve gaps at Pellens Corner on the A120.

Region:  East
Start date:  September 2017
Cost:  ¬£3 million
Status:  CURRENT
Type:  Improvement Scheme
End date:  August 2019
Programme:  

Progress report

This project is in construction. We are now working on the earthworks drainage and building the road for the roundabout and junctions with the A120 and Harwich Road. There is temporary traffic management on the A120 east and west bound. To keep our workers and the public safe, there is also a temporary 40mph speed throughout the site.

We are working primarily during the day with some night working. A signed diversion is in place. The junction connecting the A120 to Harwich Road is also closed and a diversion for local traffic, via the nearby Little Bromley Road junction is clearly signed.

What's next?

The southern half of the new roundabout was opened in December 2018; westbound traffic is now following the new road layout.

Construction will continue over the next few months. This will require overnight lane closures on the A120 to complete this work safely. The junction connecting the A120 with Harwich Road will remain closed during this period.

All closures and diversion routes will be clearly signed and advertised in advance.

Timeline

Date Event
June to November 2017 Preliminary works
December 2017 Main construction
December 2018 Partial opening of new roundabout to one lane of westbound traffic
Early April 2019 New roundabout fully open
Opens early May 2019 Access from Harwich Road onto new roundabout
Late June 2019 Central reserve gap complete
Mid August 2019 Scheme complete

Why we need this scheme

We are developing a scheme to improve safety on the A120 junctions at Harwich Road, Park Road and Pellens Corner for local residents, road users and motorists.

We are building a new roundabout at Harwich Road and closing the central reserve gaps to prevent drivers making right-turn manoeuvres on the A120. This will improve safety. In the past 5 years there have been 23 recorded collisions at Harwich Road junction causing 52 casualties, 3 of which were fatal. There were a further 12 reported collisions at Pellens Corner junction causing 19 casualties. The majority of collisions have involved right hand turn manoeuvres to or from side roads. Our scheme will improve safety along the route.

Aims

Drivers, business owners and local residents will benefit from this safety improvement. The scheme aims to reduce the number of incidents on the A120 between Harwich Road and Pellens Corner, reducing collisions, injuries and any subsequent traffic delays. New lighting will also increase safety in the area for pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians along access routes.

The scheme in detail

In March 2012 we changed the layout of the junctions and reduced the dual carriageway to a single lane in each direction. This was to address safety concerns. Following a safety audit, we concluded that further safety measures were required.

The most effective measure is to close the gaps in the central reservation. However, we recognised that this could have an adverse effect on the local community. Having considered a number of long term solution, we are building a new two lane roundabout at Harwich Road and closing the gaps in the central reservation at Pellens Corner. This solution will benefit pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders in the region.

This scheme will help us realise our vision of improving road safety across England’s highways.

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Location : The A12 southbound between the junctions with the A120 Colchester East and the A133 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 21 March 2019 to 05:00 on 22 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 5:01 am
Location : The A120 eastbound between the A12 Colchester East and the junction with the A136 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 March 2019 to 23 March 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 20, 2019, 9:02 am
Location : The A12 southbound between the A120 Colchester East and the junction with the A120 Colchester West. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 March 2019 to 26 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 19, 2019, 11:11 am
Location : The A12 southbound between the junctions with the A120 Colchester East and the A1124 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 22 March 2019 to 24 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 19, 2019, 11:11 am
Location : The A12 southbound between the A14 and the junction with the A133 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 22 March 2019 to 24 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 19, 2019, 11:11 am

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