Roadworks in Suffolk

How to find latest roadworks, road closures, diversions and traffic restrictions in Suffolk including our programmes of works.

Suffolk Highways is responsible for the maintenance of roads and pavements. This includes reactive maintenance, such as fixing potholes, and planning works like resurfacing, surface dressing and improvement schemes. However, there are many other organisations that undertake work on the roads and pavements. This is including utility companies like Anglian Water, Bt, UK Power Networks and Cadent who are working to maintain and improve the utilities required for households and businesses in Suffolk. 

Information on all the works undertaken on Suffolk roads can be found on Roadworks.org via the link below 

suffolk.roadworks.org.

Further information on the work undertaken by Suffolk Highways can be found below. 

Programmes of work

We recognise that our residents are constantly looking for better information regarding the local highways network. Taking this on board, we're always looking at ways to improve the information we can release to help our residents and those who work in and visit the county to plan their journeys within Suffolk.

Over the coming weeks, we are concentrating our efforts to ensure that everyone has as much information as possible to keep them informed of anything within their parish or along their chosen routes.

As a starting point, we've created a programme of all the highways work planned throughout the county. So, anyone can search by parish or road to see what's actually happening to the network, such as highways drainage, resurfacing treatments etc.

The 2018/19 forward works programme is now available and will be updated monthly to reflect any changes that may arise due to inclement weather. All other programmes will be updated in due course.

  • Forward works programme 
  • Local highways budget - Currently being reviewed 
  • Grass cutting - The 2018 grass cutting programme is now complete 
  • Weed control - The 2018 weed control programme is now complete 
  • Street lighting - Currently being reviewed 

This will constantly be evolving to help as many people as possible keep informed. We will also be creating videos to give a better understanding of what is actually involved in the process, for example getting ready for winter

In the meantime however, you can find detailed information on the main 'type of works' below:

Come back soon to learn about your roads and to keep informed about what's happening to them.

Have your say

We would be grateful for feedback on how our works were carried out and what you think of the result.

Fill out a survey if you have any comments about roadworks in Suffolk. Your feedback will help us to improve our service in the future.

Deciding which roads to repair

Roads that need repairing by Suffolk Highways are identified based on: 

  • regular inspections
  • annual surveys using specialist equipment
  • reports from councillors, parish councils and community groups
  • reports from residents

If you're planning works which could affect the highway read about temporary road closures and diversions and bridges.

How roadworks may affect you

Get answers to frequently asked questions about roadworks.

You have said my road will be closed. How am I going to get in and out of my property?

Letters will be sent to residents with the planned start and end date, duration of works, and the times when the road will be closed to through traffic.

Please note that:

  • before the start time of the works parked vehicles should be removed from the road
  • during these dates and times vehicles will not be able to park on the road

Access to properties and businesses within the roadworks site will be available subject to ongoing operations.

Our staff are on site to answer questions and to help you get in or out of the roadworks site safely, using the right through route. Access to your property may be temporarily unavailable for about 15 - 20 minutes if we are working on the road or footpath directly outside your property.

We understand that businesses need to know that customers can still visit, so where appropriate we will display a "Business open as usual" sign.

Other services are notified of planned roadworks, for example, your local council for bin collections.

Access would immediately be made available to any emergency vehicle.

Will the works be noisy?

On some occasions yes. We use vehicles, heavy machinery and equipment that will create noise. We try to keep the noise down as much as possible. You will receive a letter with details of any particular noise that we will create.

Why are signs and barriers left on the site after the work has been finished?

Signs and barriers may still be left at a site because:

  • a surface needs time to dry off
  • they are being collected on another day
  • they have been left by mistake

If signs or barriers are left for more than 2 weeks after the work has been finished, please contact 0345 606 6171

Your letter says works will start today and there’s no-one here?

The start date for roadworks can change due to unforeseen circumstances, such as bad weather.

Major changes are always notified to residents, and we try and keep the information boards on site up to date.

Can you stop people who are using my road as a short cut instead of the diversion route?

We understand diversions are inconvenient and add extra time to your journey. They are necessary and are selected as the best route for all vehicles. We aren't allowed to stop someone from driving along a public road that is not part of our roadworks.

Statutory Undertaker enquiries

Download a list of Statutory Undertakers (PDF, 271KB) who operate/maintain apparatus in Suffolk.

Section 50 Streetworks Licence - Notice of Works to book road space

If you want to work or place traffic management in a highway maintained by Suffolk County Council, you must book road space using our Section 50 Streetworks Licence application form (PDF, 1.9KB) for the installation of privet structures under the highway.

TMA Road Space Booking Form (Word, 83KB) for booking road space for all works in the highway. 

Section 50 Notice of Works form

To help us process your licence as quickly as possible please ensure that all sections of the application form have been completed in full and that the ‘Owner’ of the apparatus as well as the ‘Contractor’ has signed ‘Section 5’. 

Please also submit with your application:

  • location plan clearly showing the exact area of works
  • copy of the Supervisors ‘Street Works Qualification Card’ – both front and back
  • copy of the Operative ‘Street Works Qualification Card’ – both front and back
  • copy of Contractors ‘Public Liability Insurance’ - minimum cover of £5,000,000

The completed application form and any communication relating to it should be sent to:

Suffolk County Council
Network Assurance Team
Phoenix House
3 Goddard Road
Ipswich
Suffolk IP1 5NP

Email: networkassurance@suffolk.gov.uk

Once we have received your fully completed application and it has been approved by the Network Inspector, a start date can then be agreed.

Charges

There is a standard one off charge of £455 per licence to cover administration and inspection costs.

Any works exceeding 200 metres incur a further inspection charge of £200 per 200 metres up to 600 metres and then £500 per 200 metres over 600 metres in length.

Payment

Payment can be made via the following methods.

Once an application has been received and we have allocated a reference number: 

  • by BACS to Suffolk County Council:
    • Sort code 30 00 00
    • Account 00293148, or
  • by bank transfer to:
    • Suffolk County Council
    • Sort code 30 00 02
    • Account 01305978, or
  • by credit card via our website

or by cheque payable to "Suffolk County Council" and sent with the application form.

TMA

To help us process your licence as quickly as possible please ensure that all sections of the application form have been completed in full.

Please also submit with your application:

  • location plan clearly showing the exact area of works

The completed application form and any communication relating to it should be sent to:

Suffolk County Council
TMA Noticing 
Phoenix House
3 Goddard Road
Ipswich
Suffolk IP1 5NP
Email: TMAnotices@suffolk.gov.uk

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