After years as a notorious bottleneck on the main road into and out of Norfolk, the village of Elveden will soon be bypassed.
Roads Minister Stephen Hammond launches the road project that will dual the A11 between Norwich and London
Construction work on a new dual carriageway has uncovered primitive flint tools dating back over 6,000 years.
A biker has been clocked doing 134mph on the A11 in Norfolk.
The motorcyclist was caught speeding at 3am on Monday 26 May. A man in his 20s, has been reported for offences of speeding and failing to stop at a red light. He will appear at court in due course.
Police have warned bikers not to take risks.
Sgt Spall, from Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing, said: "The overwhelming number of bikers are responsible and take their safety on the road seriously.
– Sgt Andy Spall
However, there are people prepared to take extreme risks with their lives and these people are dicing with death and also putting other road users at risk.
Whether you’re on two wheels or four, bikers and drivers need to respect and look out for one another.”
Work on the new A11 bypass at Elveden in Suffolk will see overnight road closures on Thursday 12 June and Friday 13 June 2014.
The road will be closed from 10pm until 6am on each night as work continues on the new £105 million dual-carriageway between Thetford in Norfolk and Fiveways in Suffolk
Highways Agency project manager, Geoff Chatfield, said: “We have to close a short section of the A11, when traffic flows are at their lowest. There will be a clearly signed diversion via the A1065 and B1107 during the closures, with advance warning signs placed along local roads."
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.
The new A11 bypass between the Fiveways roundabout and Thetford has partially opened this morning.
One lane is open in each direction - with a 40 mile per hour speed limit.
Work will now start on a new southbound slip road, which is expected to take around 12 weeks.
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."
Part of the A11 is still closed after a crash involving two cars and a lorry near Mildenhall.
Police, fire and air ambulance services are still at the scene and a woman is believed to have suffered serious injuries.
The collision happened shortly after 11am.
The stretch of road between the Fiveways roundabout and the Elveden crossroads has been closed.
Diversions are in place, but drivers have been warned to expect major delays.
Delays are expected on the A11 Southbound from Heath Road (Snetterton Circuit) to A14 / A1304 (Newmarket Bypass) due to an abnormal load.
A small convoy including a large stainless steel vessel (two lanes wide) will set off around 9.30am today (Wednesday 26 March), being escorted down the A11 to the A14 and then east into Suffolk.
The narrow Elveden section and roadworks area are likely to be worst affected.
There will be an abnormal load travelling through Norfolk and Suffolk on Wednesday.
The steel tank will be escorted from the A11 at Snetterton to the Cambridgeshire border of the A14 from 9.30am.
Delays are expected through the roadworks at Elveden.