Road repair bill hits ‘magic’ total of £1.2m

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NEW roadworks in Hemel Hempstead will bring the total spent on roads in the town to almost £1.2 million over the last 12 months.

The works programme costing £60,000, which started yesterday, will see parts of the A414, including the Bennetts End Roundabout, resurfaced over three nights.

Delays are expected as the road is closed between the Jarman Park roundabout and Maylands Avenue for the safety of workers, but this will be from 8pm to 5am until Saturday in a bid to reduce disruption.

A signed diversion route will be in place during works hours and some bus services will also be affected by these works – details of any service changes will be posted on bus stops.

Stuart Pile, Herts County Council cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We would like to thank the public for their patience and co-operation over the last 12 months whilst these essential works have been undertaken and I hope road users will see an improvement in traffic flows and driving conditions.

“Some degree of disruption and delay is to be expected as a result of the essential resurfacing works on the A414. The work has to be carried out while the road is closed for the safety of our workers and all road users, so please allow extra time for any journeys you may make while work is in progress.”

Other works carried out over the last year as part of the £1.2 million spending include the overhaul of the Magic Roundabout, and other resurfacing on St Albans Road, Maylands Avenue, Leighton Buzzard Road and the A41 roundabout.

Further details about the works, including road closure and diversion information, and other works planned for the future can be found by visiting the highways website at www.hertsdirect.org/roadworks and using the search option.