Police have confirmed the driver of a lorry which crashed off a bridge and onto the A12 below has died.
The lorry burst into flames after landing on the southbound carriageway, near Witham, just before 3.45pm on Wednesday.
Essex Police said a man in his 30s was pronounced dead by paramedics shortly after the crash and his next-of-kin has been informed.
The road is likely to remain closed, southbound, between Marks Tey and Boreham until lunchtime Thursday.
A weekend closure of part of the A12 has been put back a week.
The trunk road at Kelvedon in Essex will now be closed the weekend of 4 and 5 February so that repairs can be made to the Ewell Bridge.
Drivers heading south to London will be taken on a 22-mile detour before rejoining the A12.
Dates of further closures will be announced soon.
The government has announced the timetable to widen the A12 in Essex.
The main trunk road from London to East Anglia through Chelmsford, Colchester and Ipswich will be widened from two lanes to three.
The Chelmsford MP Sir Simon Burns has been told by Transport Minister John Hayes that work on the section from Boreham near Chemlsford to Colchester is expected start by March 2020.
The stretch from the M25 to Margaretting will be the next stage of the project and is expected to begin between 2020 and 2025.
‘Widening the A12 from the M25 to Chelmsford and from the Boreham Interchange to Colchester was an election commitment and I am delighted that the work to the North of Chelmsford is expected to commence by March 2020.
"This work is badly needed to relieve congestion and improve connectivity on the main feeder road from London to the East of England and when completed will improve connectivity to and from Chelmsford.
New investment could be on the way to improve one of East Anglia's major roads.
There are plans to improve the stretch of the A12 between Colchester and Ipswich which could mean widening the road to three lanes.
It's already been announced the section between Marks Tey and Chelmsford will be widened effectively turning the A12 into a motorway.
80,000 vehicles use the A12 through Essex and Suffolk every day so it is no surprise the main road connecting villages, towns and cities across our region is regularly congested.
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As plans for a multi-billion pound road tunnel under the River Thames were announced, transport campaigners in Suffolk say other roads in the region are going short of vital funds.
Businesses along the A12 between Lowestoft and Ipswich say they are losing money because the road is so bad.
Suffolk County Council and East Suffolk councils have committed £500,000 to build a strategic business case to Government for funding to improve part of the A12.
Bypasses are needed for the villages Marlesford, Little Glemham, Stratford St Andrew and Farnham.
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Police have warned that the Northbound section of the A12 will be closed until at least 1am tomorrow for repairs.
It comes after a lorry fire closed the road in Essex in both directions this morning.
There are fears it could be closed for longer.
Serena Sandhu reports.
Motorists taking the A12 through Essex will have to wait until July for all the roadworks to be finished.
The maintenance on the section near Brentwood has been going on since December and was supposed to be completed last month.
But the Highways Agency says the work has been more complex than originally anticipated.
It is one of two such schemes to overrun on the road - the other, near Ipswich, is due to finish by May.