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Road projects in Cambridgeshire halted due to coronavirus restrictions

A number of road projects across Cambridgeshire are to stop temporarily because of the coronavirus restrictions.

The County Council and Peterborough City Council say projects which can't observe the two metre distance rule will be made safe and closed.

It includes the Dutch-Style roundabout project in Cambridge and advance work on King's Dyke crossing scheme at Whittlesey. Any safety critical work on the roads will be carried out though, with the council saying they want to keep the roads open and available for key workers and emergencies.

The A15 junction 18, Rhubarb Bridge works will complete today (Friday, March 26) as planned, with just minor finishing elements like landscaping to be done later.

Cllr Steve Count, Leader at Cambridgeshire County Council, said:

"It is absolutely vital we all follow the advice from Government and stay at home. We have assessed this impact on our highway services contracts and the ability to deliver on the ground and adopt a managed approach to the tightening restrictions and reduce risk. That is why both councils have taken this decision."

– Cllr Steve Count

Meanwhile, in Suffolk, council bosses are urging the public to follow government guidelines as they keep their workforce out on the road.

Council officials say road maintenance work is critical to ensuring the safe travel of emergency and health services and so will be continued during the period of restrictions.

In a statement, Councillor Andrew Reid, said that despite government guidance to remain indoors and at least two metres away from anyone while outside, that their workers have been approached by people while working.

"Unfortunately we have had incidents where our colleagues have had people approach them and not keep a safe two-metre distance.

"I must ask, that if you spot any of our teams inspecting, or working out on the highway, for your safety and theirs please keep your distance to allow them to do their work safely.

"Thank you to the dedicated teams of people who are working around the clock to keep this county moving. What you are doing in these unprecedented times is remarkable. I also thank residents for your patience, it is very much appreciated."

– Councillor Andrew Reid Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Rural Affairs