Exhibition Marks Start of New Congestion Busting Junction Near Newark

As work starts on a major junction improvement scheme for the A1 at Markham Moor in Nottinghamshire, the Highways Agency is inviting members of the public to come along to a two-day public exhibition to mark the start of work.

Work starts on 12 February 2007 on the construction of the new junction to replace the A1 roundabout at the A1/A57/A638 Markham Moor junction. The work is designed to make the junction safer and less congested.

The exhibition will be at East Markham Village Hall, Lincoln Road, East Markham, NG22 0SS, from 2pm to 8pm on Friday 26 January and between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 27 January.

The junction improvement will remove the existing roundabout to create a direct route for A1 traffic. Two new roundabouts will be built, one on either side of the current junction, to connect the A57 and B1164, and new slip roads will be provided for traffic joining and leaving the A1. A new link road will take local traffic over the A1. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to find out more about the junction improvements, details of the traffic management in place during construction, environmental information and a drive-through simulation.

Paul Tully, Highways Agency project manager, said:

"People visiting the exhibitions will be able to see how they will be affected by construction work and the benefits of the scheme once it is completed. Members of the project team will be on hand to answer any questions they may have.

"We also invite people to sign up to the scheme pages on the Highways Agency's website for the latest information."

The new layouts, which will improve safety and reduce congestion for local traffic and through traffic, should be open in October 2008. The £17m junction is one of a series of six to replace roundabouts as part of the Highways Agency's £83 million A1 Peterborough to Blyth programme, which will reduce traffic delays and improve safety on the A1 through Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.

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