Residents say flooded B1383 closure is down to poor maintenance of blocked drains and not the River Cam bursting its banks, as county council says.
Week-night work to renew lighting to begin Monday December 14 and end in mid-April, with a break over Christmas and New Year.
The spur roads at junctions 9 and 9a will be shut from Friday evening to Monday morning for vital repairs to carriageway surface.
Contractors will be carrying out remedial works and resurfacing between the Stansted Road and Tesco roundabouts this weekend.
Opponents describe restrictions as “buffoonery” – Cllr Woodward says joining in formal consultation is more effective than venting on social media.
Vehicles blocking paths were in the top five of people’s complaints to Herts county councillor Eric Buckmaster.
Villagers with placards line A1060 to draw attention to speeding motorists and to call for speed cameras to be installed.
County council has shut South Street to through traffic, imposed one-way system in Newtown Road and closed Apton Road junction with Potter Street.
Herts County Council scheme would bring in restrictions including 20mph limits in south-east quadrant of Sawbridgeworth.
Since May, ad hoc measures have been in place in South Street and Potter Street, with closures of Apton Road and a one-way system in Newtown Road.
70% of 10,000-plus people in the county who responded to national survey say fines should rise to pay for investment in road safety.
Highways team on standby round the clock to cover almost half the county's road network of 1,500 miles.
Northbound M11 between junctions 7 and 8 will be closed for four weekends, prompting fears of major jams in Sawbridgeworth.
Last year some 200 resident and community groups, schools and district, town and parish councils took up the offer.
The roads between Hockerill Street and South Street will be closed at night for the social distancing measures to be carried out.
Herts County Council considering reducing environmental impact of its 115,000 lights by varying their brightness and operating hours.