Over 16,500 tonnes of new asphalt road surface has been laid as part of a £37million scheme on the A14. 

National Highways has been carrying out reconstruction on the carriageway, between junction 47a at Haughley and junction 49 at Tothill, since mid-April. 

Work needed to be undertaken in order to improve safety and create a smoother road surface. 

Stowmarket Mercury: Work has been affecting drivers on the A14 since AprilWork has been affecting drivers on the A14 since April (Image: National Highways)

The project has reached its halfway point - with an end date set for summer 2024. 

As part of the scheme, 16,647 tonnes of asphalt road surface has been laid and 8,610 cubic metres of concrete has been removed, which could fill four Olympic sized swimming pools.

Three-and-a-half kilometres of new drainage has also been installed, as well as 3.7km of new safety barriers. 

Mindy Bhogal, project manager at National Highways said: “Today, we are thrilled to celebrate a significant milestone in our ongoing enhancement project that will ensure smoother and quieter journeys for thousands of motorists on the A14.

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"We know that living, working, and travelling in and around a major construction scheme isn’t easy, so we’re grateful for the patience and understanding that road users, local people and businesses have shown whilst we’ve been carrying out this vital upgrade.”

A contraflow system has now been installed on the eastbound carriageway in order to move onto the next phase. 

This will see lane two of the westbound carriageway repaired.