Work is progressing well on the new access into the Waterbeach Barracks site from the A10, which will form the main construction access and, in time, become a key gateway entrance for new residents.
As part of the works being taken forward by contractors J Breheny, and to support the new turning off the Cambridge Research Park roundabout, restrictions are in place on the roundabout and slip roads to keep the workforce safe and keep traffic moving safely.
The final phase of the works will require three night closures of the A10, which will enable the team to work efficiently and safely and minimise the impact to the majority of road users by opening up the road during the day.
The closure dates are subject to weather conditions but are currently scheduled for:
– The nights of 16, 17 and 18 November 2020
– Closure from 8pm – 6am
The works will include planing off the existing surface, laying the new surface and putting in the new road markings, which will happen on successive nights.
During this time a diversion route will be in place, agreed with the County Council, which will divert through-traffic using A routes and keeping them away from the local villages.
Among the work being undertaken some of the hedged areas will also be cleared to ensure the right level of visibility for the new roundabout arm. This will be in advance of a tree planting programme that will begin later this year and see the planting of 17,000 trees. Additional landscaping of the entrance will continue over the winter months to create a key gateway to the new development, which will open up for first residents in two years’ time.
Rebecca Britton, Communities and Communications for Urban&Civic, said: “We have been working with Breheny to minimise the impact of these works on the local area and would like to apologise for any inconvenience and thank everyone for their patience. This entrance into the Waterbeach Barracks site from the A10 forms part of our commitment to limit the impact of construction traffic on local villages and direct construction traffic along main roads. We are happy to report that all the associated roadworks will be completed and normal operation restored to the Cambridge Research Park roundabout by the end of November.”