Highways Agency press Release:
Road users advised of major change to A46 layout in Nottinghamshire
HIGHWAYS AGENCY News Release issued by COI News Distribution Service on 19 October 2011
The Highways Agency is advising road users to be aware of a major change to the layout of the A46 as part of the ongoing Newark to Widmerpool improvement.
From approximately 2am on Saturday, 29 October northbound traffic will be switched on to a 3.5 mile section of new carriageway between Stragglethorpe and Saxondale. Vehicles will then use the new slip roads at the new Saxondale roundabout to rejoin the existing A46.
Southbound traffic will be switched on to the new carriageway a few days later, from approximately 2am on Thursday, 3 November.
Also on Wednesday, 26 October the northbound entry and exit slip roads at the Stragglethorpe junction will be closed for around four weeks to allow what has been a temporary section of road to be re-constructed to form the final slip roads.
Traffic travelling towards the Stragglethorpe junction from either Nottingham Road or Stragglethorpe Road wanting to join the A46 northbound will initially be diverted south on the A46 to Owthorpe junction, from where it can turn round and rejoin the northbound A46.
Traffic travelling north on the A46 wishing to leave at the Stragglethorpe junction will be diverted to Saxondale, where it will turn round and join the A46 southbound.
Highways Agency senior project manager Geoff Bethel said:
"This is an exciting milestone for us as a significant section of the new carriageway is being brought into use."
"We would however advise drivers that their usual route is going to change overnight and what is normal one day will be very different the next. People also need to bear in mind that the new section is not the final, finished arrangement and will still be subject to a speed limit of 40mph. Motorists need to pay particular attention to the traffic management and, as the new road is some distance away from the existing A46, we would recommend they follow the road signs rather than their sat navs."