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Roundabout resurfacing to complete safety improvements

Published on Tuesday, 13th August 2019

Earlham Road Fiveways roundabout will be closed for resurfacing on August bank holiday weekend in the final phase of work to complete safety improvements.

The roundabout will be closed from 9.30am on Friday 23 August at all five of its junctions and is due to reopen late night on Monday 26 August before people return to work after the bank holiday weekend.

It’s the final stage of a Transport for Norwich project by Norfolk County Council and Norwich City Council, which has been funded by nearly £700,000 from the Department of Transport specifically to reduce accidents in the area.

Records showed that the number of collisions at the roundabout was increasing over recent years with a high proportion involving cyclists.

Councillor Mike Stonard, Norwich City Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for the Transport for Norwich partnership, says: “Resurfacing of the roundabout marks the final phase of important safety improvements to Earlham Fiveways.

“Work has been timed to minimise the impact on commuters and a full closure of the roundabout is the quickest, safest and most efficient way for the resurfacing to be completed and will mean a higher quality product.

“We understand that the closure will be disruptive and frustrating for those affected and would like to thank everyone for their patience during this time.”

On completion of the resurfacing work, the roundabout will return to the current arrangement of traffic management for a few more days, with closures in place at the junctions with Bluebell Road, Gypsy Lane and Earlham Green Lane.

This is for the final elements of the scheme to be completed, with all work due to be finished and traffic management removed by Saturday 31 August.

The project has seen the roundabout’s central island resized and existing signalled crossings on three of the approaching roads upgraded to Toucan crossings, which allow both pedestrians and cyclists to cross safely.

As well as improved street lighting and the addition of traffic islands on the four busiest arms, a new raised table and 20mph speed limit has been put in place on Gypsy Lane.

Full details of the project and more details of traffic management, including diversion routes, is available at www.norfolk.gov.uk/earlhamroad