I originally wrote about this project in April 2016.
The purpose of the original blog was to highlight the fact that communication to stakeholders was very important, and that even with good communication, the stakeholders may not be happy with what they are hearing. The original blog also revealed that the project suffered from un-forecasted delays, and this unfortunately applies to every project.
The project has now been open for around 8 months with the underpass opening in December 2016. Although at first this was only one lane in each direction with a 40mph speed limit. Finishing work included 9000 trees which will take several years to mature to soften the landscape.
Improved Traffic Flows and Less Queuing
The project benefits of reduced congestion and additional capacity is noticeable to all users of this busy junction. (Although a traffic accident on the day I took this photograph shows delays for West-bound traffic).
Projects can come with a price of disruption (and in this case the disruption was for nearly 4 years!), however the benefits are now being realised, and will be realised for many years to come.
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