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Update on highways works on Kettering junctions

Parking, roads and transport

24 December 2021

Image of traffic cones at a road closure

North Northamptonshire Council works to improve the junction of Barton Road and Windmill Avenue in Kettering started on Saturday 16 October. The scheme, known as ‘Junction E’, is progressing well and includes carriageway widening, traffic signal upgrades, and carriageway resurfacing to improve the capacity and flow at the junction.

Much of this work, carried out by Northamptonshire Highways, has been completed using temporary, three-way traffic lights, which has allowed traffic to move through the junction as work continues, avoiding the need for any major closures. Traffic lights have also been manually controlled during busy periods.

There have been some delays caused by material shortages due to the current pandemic and this means the scheme will now be completed in the weeks after Christmas. Over the festive period, the junction will have temporary three-way lights to allow traffic to move safety.

The works currently on site will end on Thursday, 23 December and the contractors will return on Monday, 10 January to complete the scheme and for the final phase of resurfacing.

The surfacing will take place overnight, working week-day nights until 19 January. Surfacing will take place around ‘Junction E’ and up to the start of what will be ‘Junction D’ at Pytchley Road, weather permitting.

The scheme will be completed by 28 January.

Additionally, the works over the last two months have highlighted the significant utility works and the impact in Kettering for the developments taking place across the town. We have been working with all organisations working on the network to mitigate the impact to motorists and assess the best way to continue these essential works.

Northamptonshire Highways has now agreed that ‘Junction D’ works on the intersection of Barton Road, London Road and Pytchley Road, will be postponed until later in 2022.

These are important works for Kettering and I’m delighted that they’ve progressed well. Going forward, particularly working with local organisations and the various utility companies, we need to make sure that the next phase of the project is done in such a way that we can reduce the impact on motorists as much as possible.Cllr Graham Lawman, the council’s Executive member for Highways, Travel and Assets
This is a complex project in a busy part of the town and it’s great progress is being made. The council plays a pivotal role in ensuring the highways infrastructure is sufficient to accommodate future growth and that is why this scheme is so important to Kettering and North Northants.Cllr Jason Smithers, Leader of the Council

Updates are available on Northamptonshire Highways Twitter.