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21 February 2013, 06:00
The Highways Agency has announced that work to strengthen a viaduct over the A14 near Huntingdon will begin next month.
The Highways Agency says the work will keep the viaduct, which was built in 1975, 'safe and reliable for road users'.
Work will strengthen the underside of the viaduct using steel beams installed below the existing viaduct, providing extra support for the bridge deck and spread the load borne by the existing joints.
A scheme to reconstruct parts of the northbound A1(M) near Alconbury, where it meets the A14, will be done at the same time, during May and June.
Work on the viaduct will mean overnight lane closures on the A14 from mid-May, though some full closures will be needed between Spittals and Alconbury for the A1(M) scheme during two weekends in June.
From March, there will also be overnight single lane or full closures on Brampton road, which runs underneath the viaduct, to carry out significant stages of the work on the structure safely.
Diversions will be set up during this time.
Highways Agency Project Manager, Paul Sinfield said: "Both the A14 and A1(M) are vital link roads for the east of England and we are committed to keeping both roads safe and reliable for road users.
We have carefully scheduled these two projects to coincide to ensure minimal disruption to road users.
We are working closely with Cambridgeshire County Council and local bus operators to minimise the impact on local roads in and around Huntingdon.
We thank drivers for their patience while we carry out this work."