As work continues on the Norwich NDR, council leader George Nobbs unveils one of the new scheme boards near Postwick. 

Phil Clifton, director of major highways for Balfour Beatty, said much of the route had been cleared since January, when the contract for the project was awarded. So far workmen have been clearing the site – chopping down trees, moving great crested newts, building new bat habitats, moving water, electricity and gas lines and setting up compounds and fence lines. Workers put down fences to contain the newts, then put out buckets with food in to lure them in, before relocating them to new sites. He said piling work on bridges would start soon, with 500 workers during peak construction.

Next year work the work will move on to surfacing, safety barriers, signs and road markings

Norwich Northern Distributor Road construction supports British steel

Steel reinforcement used on Norwich Northern Distributor Road will be 100% British, main contractor Balfour Beatty confirmed on Friday 15 April 2016. 

The 20km dual carriageway, developed by Norfolk County Council, is the biggest local authority-promoted road construction scheme in the country, running around the east and north of Norwich from the A47 at Postwick (at the eastern end of Norwich Southern Bypass) to the A1067 Norwich to Fakenham road.  

Norfolk County Council has confirmed the formal award of the contract for the construction of Norwich Northern Distributor Road to the international infrastructure group Balfour Beatty.

Work on site has progressed well over the past 6 weeks and took a significant step forward on 16 October with the opening of the new A47 ‘off slip’ and the new bridge. The changes to the road layout will mean significant alterations to the traffic flows in and around Broadland Business Park and the new Postwick Hub access roads as the construction works move into the final phases. Completion of the new junction works is expected by mid December.


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