Roadworks are due to begin in the Spring to finally see part of a key route into Preston widened.Advertisement
The Golden Way (A582) in Penwortham north of Cop Lane will be turned into dual carriageway – as part of the £8m scheme.
The number of lanes at the junction of Chain House Lane will also be increased.
From late February trees and hedging will be removed or moved to avoid disturbing nesting birds.
In May the roadworks start and are due to complete in late August.
A second stage of work takes place to add traffic signals to the roundabout at Stanifield Lane and the section of the Golden Way south of Cop Lane to the Broad Oak roundabout will be widened to dual carriageway.
This second stage will take place on the A582 from October this year until March 2015.
County Councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “The City Deal and further improvements to infrastructure outlined in our transport masterplan are vital to trigger the creation of thousands of new jobs and thousands of new homes over the next decade and I’m very pleased we’re getting started.
“We’re keen to deliver the benefits as soon as possible and this work on the A582 will have an immediate impact to relieve current congestion.
“We’ve chosen to do this first as the work needed is within the bounds of the existing highway which means it’s more straightforward than other schemes where more extensive planning is needed.
“We realise this is a very busy route into Preston and our engineers have given careful thought as to how to carry out the work while keeping disruption to a minimum. In order to minimise disruption, works which may restrict traffic flow will only be undertaken outside peak commuting times.”
Further work will be taking place later in the year to explore making the A582 a dual carriageway for its full length between Cuerden and the city centre by 2019.
This will include a B5253 spur south to Longmeanygate.
The roadworks are part of the county council’s transport masterplan, which include completing the Broughton bypass among other schemes to ease congestion in Preston.
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