Disruptions to end as roadworks finish on edge of Norwich

Watton Road in Colney.

Watton Road in Colney. - Credit: Archant

Months of congestion on a Norwich road will ease this week when a £1.7m scheme to widen the road reaches completion.

The B1108 Watton Road at Colney will be fully reopened to traffic on Friday (September 21), Norfolk County Council has announced.

The three-quarter mile stretch between the A47 and Hethersett Lane junction had become increasingly busy, and the roadworks, which began earlier this year, had caused disruption to drivers in the city, with the road subject to overnight closures and round-the-clock lane closures.

The council has said the road's previous surface has been removed and replaced with a brand-new surface two metres wider than the old road. A new wider section has made room for central hatch markings to separate the lanes of traffic, providing more space at the edge of the road, and slightly wider lanes.

Cllr Martin Wilby, Chairman of Norfolk County Council's Environment, Development and Transport Committee, said: 'This stretch of road wasn't designed to carry the volume of traffic it does now, so this is important work to keep all the people who use it safe, as well as help blue light vehicles respond to emergencies as quickly as possible.'