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Three months of roadworks on Norwich NDR due to need for £120,000 repairs

PUBLISHED: 13:01 31 May 2019 | UPDATED: 18:31 31 May 2019

More repair work is needed on the Norwich NDR. Picture: Neil Didsbury

More repair work is needed on the Norwich NDR. Picture: Neil Didsbury

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A further £150,000 of work is to be done on Norwich's Northern Distributor Road, with drivers facing three months of lane closures.

Police closed the NDR in both directions this afternoon following concerns for a womans safety. Picture: ANTONY KELLYPolice closed the NDR in both directions this afternoon following concerns for a womans safety. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Norfolk County Council said it would not be closing the £205m road during the maintenance work, which will start on Monday, June 10 and continue until the end of August.

But they said some lanes would need to be shut to allow teams to work safely at different locations along the 12.5 mile road, which is now known as Broadland Northway.

The council said the teams will be installing extra safety equipment in illuminated signs along the road, while carrying out repairs and replacements to various signs and kerbs.

While the illuminated sign posts are already designed to crumple easily in a collision, the new safety equipment will ensure the sign's electrical supply will also automatically disconnect.

As well as that, workers will also be carrying out seeding, landscaping and drainage maintenance work.

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The repairs come just over a year after the road, which has the number A1270 and stretches from the A47 at Postwick to the A1067 Fakenham Road, fully opened.

Following the opening of the road, there was criticism about the design of the roundabouts and the lanes which lead up to them, after a number of crashes.

Norfolk County Council said the problems were due to drivers approaching the roundabouts too quickly, but, after installing cameras to monitor traffic, new countdown signs were installed and lane marking tweaked.

The council previously spent £120,000 to fix other damaged signs and kerbs along the route of the road.

When asked how much money had been spent on fixing kerbs and signs since the road opened, a council spokesperson did not provide a figure.

Instead, the spokesperson said: "There are ongoing maintenance costs for all of the roads in the county.

"Some of the money we have spent on the Broadland Northway since it opened is for routine maintenance, and a large part of the money spent is for landscaping work that we had always planned to carry out over the first year of the route opening.

"Traffic management always makes up a considerable part of the costs of doing any job safely, so as all of the repair work we have done has been carried out at the same time as planned work this has kept the costs to a minimum."

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