The largest road upgrade in the UK has reached its half way point.
Costing £1.5 billion, the project will ultimately result in a road upgrade on 21 miles of the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon.
Since the start of work on 28 November 2016, the project has benefited from more than eight million working hours, while millions of cubic metres of earthworks have moved across site.
Those in charge of the project celebrated after one year because more than a quarter of work had already been completed and by the end of this year, they envisage that nine new bridges will have opened to traffic.
Meanwhile, construction is underway on a further 25, as the road upgrade takes shape.
It perfectly illustrates the government’s commitment to significant road upgrade projects across the UK; its draft Road Investment Strategy 2 has recently been published, setting out the objectives, resources and timetable of upgrades throughout the Strategic Road Network (SRN).
David Bray is Highways England’s Project Director for the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme.
He described the work undertaken as “amazing” on this “epic project,” and confirmed the project is on time and within budget.
He said: “Our amazing team has been working incredibly hard to deliver this upgraded A14, and most days we have up to 2,700 staff working across more than 20 miles to build the new roads and bridges that are needed, in addition to all of the environmental measures we are implementing.
“This is the biggest road building project currently taking place in the country and yet drivers will only see around a quarter of it from the existing road at present.
“Working on this epic project has been remarkable so far: from seeing the new road emerge as we moved earth into place for its foundations, to the wide array of bridges and structures being built.
“We’re delighted to announce at this two-year anniversary that we’re on time and on budget, having completed more than 50% of the work, to get this new road opened for drivers by the end of 2020.”