RESIDENTS are being warned to expect noise and disruption as up to three weeks of partial overnight road closures get underway for resurfacing works.

The measures will be introduced to allow work to begin on the latest stage of the long-running £6.5 million Ipswich Road improvements scheme in Colchester, which started in September 2018.

From next Monday the road from St Andrew’s Avenue East, across the Harwich Road roundabout, will be relaid as well as St Andrew’s Avenue to its junction with the Ipswich Road roundabout.

Works will take place overnight between the hours of 8pm and 6am, but sections the roads will have to be closed during the resurfacing.

Traffic restrictions including temporary traffic lights will be implemented.

Last month, Essex Highways confirmed the much-maligned roadworks scheme would not be completed this summer after discovering repairs were needed to the Cowdray Avenue rail bridge.

A spokesman for Essex Highways said: “Harwich Road roundabout up to Ipswich Road roundabout is nearing completion, although because of issues found on the Cowdray Avenue bridge, we cannot yet finish the Ipswich Road roundabout section until these issues are resolved.

“To make the road ready for use around Harwich Road and most of St Andrew’s Avenue we will soon start our resurfacing programme.

“This will run from St Andrew’s Avenue East, across Harwich Road roundabout including the north and south sections, and then along St Andrew’s Avenue to the junction of the Ipswich Road roundabout.”

The resurfacing works will last between two and three weeks.

The spokesman added: “Contractors will work at night to avoid traffic delays as we will have to close certain sections of the roads and implement traffic restrictions such as temporary traffic lights whilst these vital works take place.

“Working hours will be between 8pm and 6am with the noisiest work to be carried out before 11.30pm.

“Please drive carefully through and around the works at these times, observing road and lane closures and traffic lights as necessary.”

He added: “We thank every single person living and working nearby for your patience and politeness as we have had to overcome unforeseen engineering issues.”