Key milestone reached in A120 Little Hadham bypass scheme
The A120 Little Hadham bypass scheme has marked a key milestone with the reopening of Albury Road.
The road – which runs from the Little Hadham crossroads through Albury to the Pelhams – is clear again following a two-month closure while critical work was undertaken in support of the £30m project.
The road was realigned onto a new bridge over the new 2.4-mile (3.9km) single-carriage bypass, which will run between new roundabouts at Bishop's Stortford to the east and the Albury End junction to the west.
The critical work involved installing drainage, kerbs, road surfacing, white lining, signage, landscaping and utility diversions along the 900m stretch. This means that heavy construction machinery will no longer need to use the local road network, alleviating pressure and disruption.
Members of the project team gathered for a socially distanced photograph and celebration to mark the opening.
Cllr Phil Bibby, Herts County Council's cabinet member for highways and environment, said: "I was delighted to be able to safely join some of the project team on site to mark the completion of the first key structure along the route.
"I would like to thank the contractor, GRAHAM, and all of the wider team for their continued efforts in ensuring this project keeps moving despite the unprecedented circumstances they have found themselves working in during the pandemic.
"I would also like to extend my thanks to the local community for their continued co-operation and patience. Due to the uncertainties associated with the current public health crisis, we are reviewing the programme and working methods on a regular basis."
Leo Martin, managing director of GRAHAM's civil engineering division, added: "We're very pleased to mark the completion and reopening of Albury Road, which will be welcomed by road users and residents alike. We're now looking forward to delivering the next stage of the scheme, which once complete will bring multiple benefits to Hertfordshire.
"The project has brought many new challenges in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, but the team's commitment to progressing the scheme has been outstanding."
The new bypass, to the north of Little Hadham, will alleviate congestion along the route caused by the Little Hadham traffic lights and provide more reliable journey times.
As part of the scheme, new road embankments along the River Ash and Albury Tributary will act as flood defences to reduce risk to the village and other nearby communities. The Ford at Little Hadham is currently closed as part of this phase.
Following a detailed review, Hertfordshire County Council and its partners have revised the expected completion date to late summer 2021.