West Berkshire Council

A339 Widening and Fleming Road Junction Blog

News and updates on the project to widen the A339 and construct a new junction with Fleming Road

From February 2016, work to widen the A339 and build a new junction with Fleming Road will begin.

We'll include news and updates on how things are progressing on this blog.

If you have questions or comments about the work on the A339 or the new junction, please get in touch with us.

If you'd like more information about the London Road Industrial Estate regeneration project, please contact Planning Policy.

 

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A339 Project Update - End of Week 58

Written on: 27-3-2017

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The new junction is scheduled to open to traffic on  Monday 27 March. The temporary 30mph speed limit will be lifted and the A339 will revert to its normal 40mph limit.

Once the junction has opened, it may take a few days for traffic in the area to settle down as drivers get used to the traffic lights, new road layouts and new route options. We will be continually monitoring and adjusting the settings at the new traffic lights over the next few weeks and may also need to adjust the timings at the adjacent Robin Hood and "Sainsbury's" roundabouts to ensure good co-ordination between the junctions.

Please take care when using the new junction, whether you are driving, on foot or on your bike.

Next week, our contractors will begin dismantling their temporary offices in the Faraday Road (football club) car park, freeing up the parking spaces that have been out of use over the last year.

This blog will continue for the next couple of weeks until all work is complete and our contractors have left the site.


A339 Project Update - 22nd March 2017

Written on: 22-3-2017

We are pleased to confirm that the footpath on the eastern side of the A339 has reopened for use.

The new pedestrian crossing on the A339 is not yet in use, so pedestrians are advised to cross the A339 at the canal bridge or one of the subways (Robin Hood or Sainsbury's roundabout). There is also no pedestrian access from the A339 into Fleming Road, as our contractors continue to work in this area.


A339 Project Update - End of Week 57

Written on: 17-3-2017

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This week we have completed all the remaining kerbing, ducting and fencing work and have begun final surfacing of the new section of Fleming Road. We have also nearly completed the re-installation of the railings on the canal bridge following their refurbishment. The footway and steps at the canal bridge will reopen as soon as this is complete.

We should complete the surfacing of the new carriageway and footway early next week and then install traffic detectors (to enable the new traffic lights to work properly) and white lines. We will then test and commission the new traffic lights and open the new junction to traffic on or just after Monday 27th March.

Once the junction has opened, it may take a few days for traffic in the area to settle down as drivers get used to the traffic lights, new road layouts and new route options. We will be continually monitoring and adjusting the settings at the new traffic lights over the next few weeks and may also need to adjust the timings at the adjacent Robin Hood and "Sainsbury's" roundabouts to ensure good co-ordination between the junctions.

Finally, our contractors will complete any outstanding tidying up and corrective work and remove their temporary offices.

We would like to thank road users and the businesses in Fleming Road for their patience and co-operation during the construction of the new junction.

This blog will continue for the next couple of weeks until all work is complete and our contractors have left the site.

 

Lane closures next week

One lane will be closed in each direction on Tuesday 21st March between 09:30 and 15:30 for final snagging and tidying up work. Later that day, one lane will be closed in the southbound direction between approximately 20:00 and 22:00 for the removal of the temporary metal barrier from the canal bridge. Unless any further corrective work is identified, these will be the last lane closures of the project.


A339 Project Update - End of Week 56

Written on: 10-3-2017

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Fleming Road works continued to make good progress this week, with much of the protection to underground services and highway drainage installation completed. This allowed us to start the road construction in earnest and we have begun laying kerbs (see picture) and building up the foundation layers to the road. Also this week, the signals was largely completed, tree works were finished and bridge works made good progress.

Next week, we focus on kerb-laying, road construction, surfacing works and fencing works in Fleming Road. Whilst on the A339, we expect the bridge refurbishment works to be completed by the end of the week.

There are no lane closures anticipated this week.


A339 Project Update - End of Week 55

Written on: 3-3-2017

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This week, we made strong progress with the traffic signals installation in the Fleming Road/A339 junction and completed the footpath resurfacing along the whole length of the A339. In Fleming Road, highway drainage and road construction also proceeded well (see picture). Elsewhere, white line painting on the A339 was completed and the placing of the refurbished parapet railings to Kennet Canal Bridge has progressed well.

Next week, we continue in much the same way with the installation of traffic signals and highway construction in Fleming Road. Meanwhile works to fix in place the newly refurbished parapet railings of Kennet Canal Bridge will continue.

Lane closures next week - Monday 6th to 10th March 2017

On Wednesday 8th March 2017, there will be a northbound, off-peak lane closure on the A339 in lane 1 to allow for tree maintenance. Meanwhile, there will continue to be restricted access in Fleming Road owing to highway construction work.

Drivers are reminded to allow extra time for their journeys or if possible to use a different route on this date.