Essential work on distributor road to build new roundabout

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Published Friday, 24 May 2024 

The A606 Burton Road, between Melton Mowbray and Burton Lazars, will be closed for eight weeks from Monday, 1 July.

More than 6,000 residents and businesses are being given advance notice of essential summer work on the North and East Melton Mowbray distributor road (NEMMDR).  

A full closure is needed for the building of a new roundabout on the A606 Burton Road.  

There will be a seven-day closure of the road for eight weeks from Monday, 1 July with a scheduled re-opening on the evening of Sunday, 25 August.  

The county council, and contractors Galliford Try, say partial lane closures have been ruled out as excavations of over 1.2m deep are required to completely remove the existing road under and either side of the new roundabout.   

Information about the closure is being sent to residents and businesses over the next few days and there have also been special briefings with district and parish councillors.  

Access for pedestrians and cyclists will be available throughout the closure and temporary lighting will be provided on the section through the construction site.  

Burton Road was previously closed to traffic in January this year for essential work on utility services close to what will be roundabout No.6 of the distributor road.  

However, diversions and additional signs put in place to advise drivers of official, alternative routes were ignored by some cars and HGVs, who used narrow, rural roads to pass through small villages.  

So, this time, the council is installing traffic monitoring cameras at Little Dalby, particularly to deter HGVs.  

Other measures which the council and contractors have put in place include: 

  • Close liaison with emergency services, public transport operators;
  • Over 6,000 letters distributed to properties close or nearby to the work;
  • Warning signs ahead of the closure;
  • Local temporary weight restrictions and 30mph speed limits;
  • Following the closure, the county council will survey local diversion rotes and repair any damage;
  • Provide temporary taxi service for access to primary health care and shopping to replace regular bus services. 

Details of the road closure, including diversion routes, can be found on the forthcoming road closures section of the county council’s website at 

Any construction-related enquiries should go to Gino Salvatore on 07918 640481 or email (link sends email).



06 June 2024