Langer Road, Felixstowe, to be closed for five days to carry out urgent drainage improvements

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Around 240 yards of Langer Road, Felixstowe, will be closed later this month so Suffolk Highways can carry out urgent drainage improvements.

Work is planned to start on Monday 21 August 2017 between the junctions of Beach Station Road and St Edmunds Road.

The road will be dug up to repair underground pipework and to replace gulley pots. It will also act as a pre-cursor to any other future works required by partner organisations to alleviate flooding in this location.

It is anticipated to take five days to complete these works, but there is a risk further works could be identified as the scheme progresses. All work is subject to weather conditions.

The work had originally been scheduled to take place earlier this year, but was postponed due to overrunning works elsewhere. The rearranged works had been due to take place during the October half-term, but has been brought forward due to the urgency of the repairs following recent flooding in the area.

The road closure is required so that highways workers remain safe throughout and traffic will be diverted via the A154, A14, A154 and vice versa.

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

Councillor James Finch, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said:

“We apologise this project may cause some disruption to residents and businesses during a busy period but this does need to be completed sooner rather than later.

“Completing this project before the end of August avoids school term time and people will be inconvenienced for a shorter period than if the current drainage was to fail and homes were to flood later in the year.

“We are working hard to minimise difficulties for people living in or heading to Felixstowe, and will do all we can to get the improvements completed as fast as we can.”