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A46 Six Hills to Widmerpool – Six months of roadworks and closures planned

On 25 September 2023 National Highways will start reconstructing nearly six miles of the A46 between Six Hills and Widmerpool.

Work is expected to be completed in March 2024.

Essential maintenance work to the A46 carriageway between Six Hills and Widmerpool.

National Highways said:

‘The scheme aims to make the road safer by improving the road surface and reducing the number of unplanned interventions required to keep both the northbound and southbound carriageways operational.

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‘There will be a contraflow system to keep the A46 open and traffic moving during the reconstruction of the road.

‘This is when the road is shut in one direction and traffic is then moved over to drive on the opposite side of the road to share the remaining carriageway.

‘This provides us with a clear working area that means we can work more quickly and safely. We’ll be using our contraflow to keep the road network moving 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.’

Preparatory work

For the first three weeks (25 September – 15 October 2023) we’ll need to carry out full overnight road closures from Monday to Sunday.

The road will close at 8 p.m. and open by 6 a.m. the following morning. During this time, we’ll install CCTV, and temporary speed cameras, as well as the first contraflow section.

This means, there will be differing lengths of lane closures left on during the days as the contraflow barriers start to be erected and left in place.

It will be split into 6 phases as shown in the map below:

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Diversion routes

As we finish each section of the road and move onto the next phase, we’ll continue to carry out overnight road closures so we can switch contraflow sections. Please note, some slip roads will also be closed throughout the works.

To help relieve congestion and try to keep disruption to a minimum, we’ll be providing a diversion route using A606/A607 for non-HGVs, to relive pressure on the A46, while making it clear that local roads should be used by local traffic only.

We’ll engage with the local and wider community throughout the construction period, ensuring everyone is kept up to date with the latest information so they can make an informed decision about their journey.

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