Highways England has confirmed that a 12-mile bypass of the £1.5 billion A14 will open on Monday 9 December.
Running between Ellington and Swavesey, the new bypass is a key part of the project that will see 21 miles of the A14 upgraded between Cambridge and Huntingdon.
It is currently Britain’s biggest road upgrade but work has been undertaken at a pace much quicker than expected; the government has previously announced that the bypass will open before the end of the year.
And now Highways England has confirmed the exact date, which is one full year ahead of originally scheduled.
Once the bypass opens to traffic, drivers who travel eastbound will still have to join a section of 40mph narrow lanes roadworks from the Swavesey junction, as work continues.
David Bray is the project director for Highways England. He as described the opening of the bypass on the A14 as a “huge achievement.”
He said: “Opening the Huntingdon Southern Bypass is a huge achievement in the delivery of this major road upgrade and I’d like to thank road users, residents and stakeholders for their patience and support during construction.
“Opening the new bypass will start to unlock many of the project’s benefits and, together with the upgraded section of the A1 between Alconbury and Buckden which opened earlier this year, means that the western section of the transformed A14 is essentially complete.
“Like any new road, it will take some time for drivers to get used to driving on it, especially when the junctions have a new layout, and some have been renumbered.
“Please drive safely and enjoy the new road.”
Road safety continues to be an important theme, and this new road has been designed with safety in mind; indeed, it is the number one priority, with variable mandatory speed limits imposed to help manage traffic, reducing congestion and therefore improving safety.