RESURFACING to a major road branded as a “total mess” is set to cover the same space as three football fields.
After a meeting with Harwich councillors, Highways England has given details about upcoming work planned for the A120 between Hare Green and Ramsey.
Councillors Ivan Henderson and Geoff Smith, as well as former councillor John Brown, called for the meeting after raising concerns over the state of the road.
Matthew Wilson, head of service delivery at Highways England, heard the concerns and took a drive along the route to see the concerns.
In a letter following his visit, he said: “This year we are going to increase the interventions by making a significant investment into the A120 to address the problems raised whilst on site.
“There are four schemes totalling more than £1.2million of resurfacing, white line replacement and road stud (cat’s eyes) replacement.
“These schemes will address areas between Hare Green and Ramsey and is estimated that they will provide more than 20,000m2 of new surfacing – that’s the equivalent of three football fields, or the space required to park 2,000 Volkswagen Golfs, so is a significant investment that will bring noticeable improvements to the residents of Harwich.
“Two of the four schemes have completed design work, with the other two nearing completion.
“Once all four designs are completed, we plan to deliver the work between September and December this year, weather permitting.”
There is expected to be around 4km of resurfacing, 38km of new white lines and more than 2,000 new road studs.
Geoff Smith said: “The road is a total mess and without immediate investment is only going to get worse.
“I have been very concerned about the cracked and dropped drains along the A120 and am very pleased to have confirmation this matter will be rectified as part of the scheduled improvements.”
Ivan Henderson said he welcomed the meeting and plans.
He added: “I was really pleased that they are taking it so seriously. They recognise that the road is in a bad way.
“It’s really good news they are going to spend a substantial amount of money to alleviate the ongoing issues road users face on a daily basis. And the news is that work is going to happen very soon, which is really good – people won’t have to wait long.”