Overrunning carriageway closure causes long delays on A14

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Motorists have been experiencing long delays on the A14 today as a result of an overrunning lane closure caused by ‘engineering difficulties’ near Stowmarket

Highways England is carrying out bridge maintenance work on the Hill House viaduct near Stowmarket which is expected to be completed in the summer.

It has said previously that lane closures would take place overnight and day traffic would operate as normal, except on the weekends of April 2-3 and May 7-8 when work will take place during the day.

But hundreds of motorists have been experiencing delays today because of an overrunning overnight lane closure.

A spokeswoman for Highways England said: “An overnight carriageway closure with contraflow, which is part of ongoing work to repair the A14 on the Hill House viaduct near Stowmarket (between junctions 49 and 50), has overrun into today due to engineering difficulties.

“We are working with our contractors to address the issue as quickly as we can and hope to have both sides of the A14 at this location fully open with all lanes taking traffic by early this evening.

“In the meantime, the contraflow and a temporary 40mph speed limit remain in place with traffic able to travel in both directions. We apologise for any delays caused.”

A serious collision between two lorries at junction 50 of the A14 this morning has caused further delays. For more information click here.