The newly upgraded section of the A602 between Watton-at-Stone and Tonwell has opened to traffic.
It brings the important link between the A1(M) at Stevenage and the A10 at Ware up to modern highway standards, reducing delays and improving journey times.
The new section of road, which replaces the previous A602 carriageway, has been realigned to smooth out sharp bends, improve visibility, and create right-turn lanes at junctions to reduce delays caused by vehicles turning off the road.
A new bridge has also been constructed at the Sacombe Pound junction with a new cycleway to allow cyclists and pedestrians to cross safely under the A602.
This is the final stage of improvements on the A602 between Stevenage and Ware, following previously completed works to improve the roundabouts at the A119 and A10 junctions, and the junctions with Anchor Lane, Westmill Road and Hertford Road.
Cllr Phil Bibby, Executive Member for Highways and Transport at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “The A602 is a key route between the A1(M) and the A10, as well as an important road for local traffic, so these improvements will make a real difference. The tight bends and traffic turning right were both causing delays, and this new section of road will help traffic flow more freely and safely.
“As part of our commitment to sustainable, responsible growth in our county, we’re pleased to be investing in this kind of infrastructure to support Hertfordshire’s economy and meet the needs of our communities. I’d like to thank road users for bearing with us while we’ve been carrying out these works.”
Richard Whitehead, of Hertfordshire’s Local Enterprise Partnership board added: “The Local Enterprise Partnership’s investment has facilitated this vital work needed to improve the safety and reliability of this persistently busy section of Hertfordshire’s highway network. The interventions will help future-proof the route as Hertfordshire’s population increases and its economy grows.”
Paul Gandy, Chief Executive Officer, Tilbury Douglas, commented: “The team at Tilbury Douglas are delighted to see the opening of the A602 in Hertfordshire. Delivering this road infrastructure project during the challenges presented by the pandemic is a testament to our capabilities. Our work on the A602 will bring real economic benefits and make driving in Hertfordshire safer and improve journey times.”
Landscaping work is continuing along the route and new cycle track between Sacombe Pound and Stoney Hills, which is being constructed as part of the improvement project, is due to open next month.
The A602 Improvements have been funded by a £20m Local Growth Fund investment from Hertfordshire LEP and funding from Hertfordshire County Council.
The A602 improvements have been delivered by construction contractor Tilbury Douglas.
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