The £79million project – one of the largest local authority-managed road schemes in the country – will involve widening a 2.3 mile section of the A13 from 2 to 3 lanes in both directions between the A128 (Orsett Cock roundabout) and the A1014 (The Manorway, Stanford-le-Hope).
Cllr Mark Coxshall, portfolio holder for regeneration, said: "This section of the A13 is currently operating over capacity, with approximately 77,000 vehicles using it on a daily basis.
"Once the A13 scheme is completed there will be a continuous 3-lane carriageway from the M25 to Stanford-le-Hope, reducing congestion, improving journey times and supporting further economic growth."
Preparation works started in December 2017 and will continue throughout this autumn and winter, with main on-road works expected to start in early 2019. The scheme – which also includes replacing 4 existing bridges and improvements to the Orsett Cock roundabout – is scheduled to be completed by autumn 2020.
Ahead of the main works starting, residents are being encouraged to come along to one of the following drop-in public information events:
- Monday 15 October, from 2pm to 8pm – East Thurrock Community Association, 77 Corringham Road, Stanford-le-Hope, SS17 0NU
- Tuesday 16 October, from 2pm to 8pm – Horndon Methodist Church Hall, High Road, Horndon on the Hill, SS17 8LN
- Friday 19 October, from 2pm to 8pm – Orsett Churches Centre, High Road, Orsett, RM16 3ER
For more information about the A13 widening, including regular updates on road restrictions, igo to thurrock.gov.uk/a13.
To sign-up for emailed news on the project, go to thurrock.gov.uk/a13newsletter