The B183 Gilden Way / Sheering Road in Harlow will be closed from 8pm on January 21 until 5am on January 24 for surfacing works.
Detective Inspector Chris Ross said: "Incidents of this nature are very frightening and will cause concern among the community."
A 34-year-old man was detained on suspicion of actual bodily harm and assault by beating following the late-night incident.
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