Thanks for that. I heard this morning it was shut for longer than expected along that bit overnight, not opening until 6:30 and causing huge congestion for miles. Were they tearing down old gantries or something?
As of today the clockwise widening from j27 to j29 is now complete. The road surface has also been blacktopped, and I think the clockwise contraflow lane has been moved further across the anticlock carriageway, where the hard shoulder is back in use for the current layout, so no more driving on M25 Essex concrete now (the outside lanes both ways, now sealed off whilst the rip up the centre of the road).
Drove along last night, and contraflow is completely removed now.
Quite impressed with the speed of the central reserve clear-out, almost all done apart from the last 1/4 mile north of j29. Even over a mile of concrete central barrier is in place, heading southwards from the end of the phase 1 works between j27-28, with a mile and a half to go before the A12 junction.
Would be quite pleasing if they're making an effort to open the section down to J28 completely as early as possible, as the works are causing a big hold-up on the A12 Brentwood bypass. They'll still have to black top the concrete outside lanes both ways but for less than three miles that won't take long.
Also pleased that much of the nasty clockwise surface from J28-29 has been relaid. Much smoother along there now. A pity they didn't do that anticlockwise, though they may come back to that once the barrier works are done.