Lowestoft disruption should ease as roads set to reopen
Hayley MaceRoadworks which have caused disruption in Lowestoft are due to be finished tomorrow morning as planned.Suffolk County Council have been carrying out resurfacing work on the A1117 Bridge Road, Oulton Broad, since Sunday and Network Rail have also been doing maintenance work on the Oulton Broad North level crossing.Hayley Mace
Roadworks which have caused disruption in Lowestoft are due to be finished tomorrow morning as planned.
Suffolk County Council has been carrying out resurfacing work on the A1117 Bridge Road, Oulton Broad, since Sunday and Network Rail has also been doing maintenance work on the Oulton Broad North level crossing.
Now both agencies have confirmed that the works are all due to be completed so that the road can reopen for through traffic at 6am tomorrow.
On Monday, queues of cars stretched for nearly two miles through the centre of Lowestoft as all traffic was diverted over the bascule bridge - the only crossing over Lake Lothing as the Mutford Lock bridge, part of Bridge Road, is currently out of action.
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This afternoon, roads to the south of the town, including London Road South and Tom Crisp Way, were heavily congested as cars queued to get over the bascule bridge.
Although pedestrian access to homes and shops in Bridge Road has been maintained during the day, Waveney MP Bob Blizzard said that businesses will have suffered.
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Mr Blizzard said: 'One of my constituents - on her way to her mother's funeral from Long Road to Gorleston - only barely made it thanks to the quick thinking of the funeral directors' driver, who turned around and took the long way round via Haddiscoe, other close relatives were not so lucky and were unable to get there on time.'
A spokesman for Network Rail said: 'Our engineers have been fitting a new deck to the crossing, which is a hi-tech non-slip surface. The crossing itself has been renewed, which means we have replaced things like nuts, bolts and hinges.'
A Suffolk County Council spokesman said: 'Our resurfacing work has been carried out from 7pm to 7am each night. This was so that we could maintain some access to businesses during the day and was arranged after consultation with the businesses.'
Overnight work will continue tomorrow and on Thursday and Friday to allow for the resurfacing of the Normanston Drive roundabout and single lane closures will be in place.