The work was needed so that new signals could be installed and connected to town’s new traffic management system.
Manually-operated temporary traffic lights were in place for three weeks whilst the permanent lights were upgraded.
It’s part of Suffolk County Council’s Travel Ipswich programme to make it easier to travel around the town and prepare the road network for expected growth in the next 20 years.
Coes Director, William Coe, said:
“I’m delighted that these works are now complete and that traffic and trade on Norwich Road can get back to normal.
“The issues that occurred at the junction at the outset of the roadworks were significant, but in fairness to the county council they were dealt with quickly.
“Yes, there are roadworks in Ipswich but the town is very much open for business. With cheap parking, buses and park and ride services, there is every reason for shoppers to come and make use of our fantastic town.”
The completion of the junction and progress on other work means that contractors are on course to meet the mid November deadline set by Suffolk County Council. Travel Ipswich road works will be suspended from 15 November 2013 until after the Christmas shopping period.
Councillor Graham Newman, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for roads and transport said:
“The start of these particular works did not go to plan. We apologised for that and put it right straight away. But I’m very pleased to say that despite this initial setback, the work is now completed and on time.
“We recognise that the run up to Christmas is one of the most important periods for Ipswich businesses. That is why we’ve instructed our contractors to accelerate their programme and be out of town by 15 November. We want residents, shoppers and traders in Ipswich to be able to enjoy Christmas without the disruption of roadworks and will do everything in our power to make sure this deadline is met.”
The carriageway running through Old Cattle Market Bus Station will be surfaced this week. Details of alternative bus stops are also available on http://www.suffolkonboard.com, from the First Buses Enquiry Office (currently inside the Buttermarket Shopping Centre), on buses and around the bus station site itself. These works will be completed by early October.
The junction between Silent Street/St Nicholas Street is being refurbished, including putting in new kerbs and setts.
A diversion is in place and allows access into Silent Street from the roundabout with Falcon Street. These works will be completed by 4 October.
Museum Street is still closed for improvement works with engineers currently building new footways. New paving is being laid on Princes Street North/Friars Street. These works will be completed by 15 November.
Work to update the traffic lights on the major junction between London Road, Yarmouth Road and West End Road was completed on Sunday 22 September. Some civil works will continue until 27 September.
Between 1 October and 18 October, traffic signals on London Road/Handford Road will be upgraded to include the junction in Ipswich’s new traffic control system. The signal equipment will be switched over between 19:00 on Saturday 19 October and 06:00 the following morning.
Traffic signals will also be upgraded on Grimwade Street/St Helen’s Street between 1 October and 25 October and Grove Lane/St Helen’s Street between 21 October and 15 November. Delays are expected and more information will be released soon.