I am writing to let you know that Highways England will shortly be carrying out survey works to collect information about the land and ground conditions alongside the existing A46 network, from the Farndon roundabout to the Winthorpe roundabout.
As part of the A46 Newark Bypass scheme, they will be undertaking walkover and aerial surveys, as well as carrying out sampling and shallow excavation works. They will also be using drilling rigs to collect sample cores of the underlying geology.
The survey works are required to better understand the land conditions surrounding the existing road and the data will help to further develop the scheme.
An independent company is currently analysing the responses they have had from the recent public consultation. They will consider the feedback received as part of selecting a preferred route option later this year.
When will this survey work take place?
The survey works will start in March and will be completed by early summer 2021. To minimise disruption, works will be undertaken during normal daytime working hours (between 8am and 5pm) wherever possible. Some works will be completed overnight, to survey locations on the existing A46 road where it is safer and less disruptive to complete the work overnight.
The work will take place in various locations alongside the A46.
Please note, the planned works may be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.
How will the work affect traffic?
Although most of the survey works will take place off the existing A46 network, there are some areas that need to implement a temporary traffic management solution to maintain a safe environment for workforce and customers. This may include temporarily closing lanes along the A46, or closing short sections of road.
Any closures will be advertised in advance and provide a suitable diversion route for any closures. If there is a need to temporarily close a section of road, this will be done overnight when traffic is quieter. The works will be carefully planned to minimise disruption.
HE have contacted landowners directly to request access to land outside of their network, and plan to start the survey works on private land first.
Contact Highways England
If you have any queries about this work, please contact the project team by emailing A46NewarkBypass@highwaysengland.co.uk. Alternatively, you can call the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000, press option 3 and request a member of the project team to contact you.
For further information, visit our scheme webpage at www.highwaysengland.co.uk/our-work/east-midlands/a46-newark-bypass/.
Winthorpe with Langford Parish Clerk