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A140 set to close for two weekends due to roundabout works

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Work to build the new A140 Hempnall roundabout is progressing, with the scheme that started in May 2019 set for completion by the end of the year.

The next steps will see the A140 closed at the Hempnall junction over two upcoming weekends to allow for road surfaces to be laid on brand-new sections of the route.

Cllr Martin Wilby, Norfolk County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, Infrastructure & Transport, said: “As someone who drives this road most days I’m so impressed to see the fantastic progress already made with so little impact on traffic using this busy route.

A140 will close for two weekends for roundabout works.
A140 will close for two weekends for roundabout works.

"We’re doing this work, which needs the road to be closed, over two weekends in order to minimise disruption.

“I’m grateful for people’s continued patience while we carry out this work which will make the junction safer, help to unlock economic growth and development in the area, and improve access from side roads onto the A140. The short-term pain of the two weekend closures, will be well worth the long-term gain of the vital improvements.”

The roundabout, which is being built to the west of the existing crossroads, has been taking shape over the past two months.

Work so far has also included construction of a new section of road where the C497 Bungay Road will meet the roundabout, and the installation of surface water drainage including the creation of lagoons.

The A140 will be closed at the Hempnall junction on the following dates and times:

  • From 8pm on Friday, August 30 until 6am on Monday, September 2
  • From 8pm on Friday, September 6 until 6am on Monday, September 9

As always, official diversion routes will make sure traffic is directed along routes of the same or higher classification than the closed road.

While the A140 is closed, signs will direct people along the A143 and A146.

Appropriate diversion routes will also be in place for local traffic.

It is expected that after the second weekend of work the C497 will be reopened.

This road has been temporarily closed at its A140 junction since May 2019.

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