Our Major Projects team, based in Hertfordshire County Council's highway department, have been undertaking numerous schemes on the county's A roads to mitigate congestion, create reliable journey times and increase traffic capacity on the highway.
After much public consultation, a final route has been agreed on for the A120 (Little Hadham) Bypass and Flood Alleviation Scheme. The A120 is an important east-west link in the county's road network, but at Little Hadham the road was experiencing major congestion due to a signal controlled junction in the centre of the village. In turn, it created severe disruption for local residents in terms of noise, air pollution and long traffic queues running throughout the village.
The new suggested route that bypasses the village will have the capacity to carry 27,000 vehicles, and modelling suggests that it would remain in capacity for at least the next 15 years, allowing for new developments in Uttlesford and Harlow. Construction is expected to commence in 2018.
Similarly, plans are progessing to make improvements to the A602 route between Stevenage and Ware. Proposed improvements include installing traffic signals, introducing right turn lanes and enlarging roundabouts with the introduction of additional lanes on approach. This scheme, however, is still in awaiting a public consultation before planning application is submitted, with construction commencement hoping to be around Spring 2017.