A602 improvements delayed by harsh winter

Published: 27 Apr 2018

Improvement works to the A602 between Ware and Stevenage will be completed at the end of May, later than previously scheduled.

Freezing weather and heavy rain over the winter have delayed works to improve junctions along the route, as works such as concrete pouring and weather proofing can only be done properly in dry and mild conditions.

The roadworks have also been delayed by the discovery of asbestos in the existing A10 junction, which had to be removed by specialists, and the need to coordinate with water and telecoms companies to avoid more roadworks in the future.

Rob Smith, Deputy Director of Environment, said: “We understand the frustration that motorists feel when delayed by road works and it’s obviously disappointing that the project has encountered some set-backs that will delay completion. However the end result will be much needed improvements to this very busy road. This scheme, along with further planned improvements at the A119 roundabout and along Ware Road, is part of the council’s commitment to improved highway infrastructure in the county.”

Although the carriageway works will have been completed at the end of May, the new junction at the A602 Hertford Road, Stevenage will not be fully operational until the traffic signals are commissioned in the first week of June.

Other work such as landscaping and the removal of site compounds will continue throughout June.

Further information and details of work schedules, road closures and up to date news can be found on our website www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/A602  

Questions or concerns regarding these specific works can be answered by email: a602improvements@hertfordshire.gov.uk or telephone 0300 123 4047.