Bury St Edmunds's Eastgate Street is open after resurfacing finishes early
Contentious roadworks on Eastgate Street have been completed two days ahead of schedule - but it is not the end of delays for Bury St Edmunds motorists.
Suffolk Highways was widely criticised for starting the works on the week most schools returned after the summer holiday. Drivers were instead left to negotiate a diversion around the town centre. Works were slated to be completed on Friday but Suffolk Highways confirmed the final inch had been resurfaced on Wednesday afternoon.
"We are pleased to confirm the road reconstruction and resurfacing of Eastgate Street is now complete," a statement read.
“We would like to thank the residents and visitors of Bury St Edmunds whilst the works have been on-going. We trust the new improved road will be welcomed by all.”
West Suffolk councillor Paul Hopfensperger said: "This was the worst time to do it and the traffic has been chaotic but I am really glad it has been completed ahead of schedule."
But it is not the end of the roadworks.
On Out Risbygate, gas company Cadent will be completing works that will see temporary traffic lights installed from September 25 to 27.
Further down, on Newmarket Road, more temporary traffic lights have been installed as Cadent make repairs to a main. These will be present from September 9 to 21.
From Monday (September 16) roadworks will begin on Compiegne Way - lasting until September 30, with Suffolk Highways completing drainage work. Traffic control measures will be in place for the duration.
Suffolk Highways said: “The Network Assurance team carefully coordinates all roadworks, including utilities, to ensure impact on road users is minimised where possible.
“However a large number of these requests can be emergencies where we have as little as two hours to coordinate. The team are aware of the on-going and planned utility works in Bury St Edmunds. Several of the road works are being undertaken to improve utility infrastructure. We appreciate that these works can be disruptive however, to allow utility services such as gas, water and electric to continue functioning for Suffolk’s residents, improvement and repair works are unavoidable.”