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The long-awaited duelling of the A11 road moved a significant step closer today with the opening of a three mile stretch ahead of the final completion later this year. It means the busy village of Elveden is now by-passed.
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A major milestone was reached early this morning as the new A11 Elveden bypass was partially opened.
Traffic was able to use the stretch of road for the first time with one lane open in each direction. Work will now start on a new southbound slip road. The work is expected to take around 12 weeks.
The dualling of the A11 between Thetford and Barton Mills is expected to be completed at the end of the year.
A key part of the project to dual the entire A11 road between Norwich and London is set to open on Monday 28 April.
For the first time, the bypass around the village Elveden in Suffolk to south of Thetford, will be open to traffic.
The Highways Agency says: "The new bypass will run with one lane open in each direction, and with a 40mph speed limit, between Chalk Hall Farm to near the end of the scheme, just before Thetford roundabout."
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After years as a notorious bottleneck on the main road into and out of Norfolk, the village of Elveden will soon be bypassed.