Roadworks on a key route into Preston begin at the end of May.Advertisement
An £8 million scheme is one of the first injections of the City Deal cash.
The A582 in South Ribble where it joins Chain House Lane is being widened to create more lanes.
The junction is also having toucan crossings added so cyclists can cross alongside pedestrians.
Work on the Chain House Lane junction begins on Tuesday 27 May.
In June the major work starts to make the A582 from Cop Lane northbound will be made a dual carriageway and improvements where it joins Leyland Road.
Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport John Fillis said: “The City Deal and further transport improvements 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.
“This scheme on the A582 will have an immediate impact to relieve existing congestion and I’m very pleased to be getting started.
“We know how busy this route is and will be making every effort to minimise disruption, with work which will restrict traffic flow only being done outside peak times.”
The funding comes from the City Deal, which is a £434m injection of funding for infrastructure projects across Preston and South Ribble.
Councillor Margaret Smith, leader of South Ribble Borough Council, said: “The beginning of this work is a significant step. Any short-term disruption to road users will be far outweighed by the long-ter! m benefits to our communities. I welcome the commitment to carrying out this work as considerately as possible, on what is an extremely busy route.
“Not only will our residents reap the rewards of shorter journey times, this and other infrastructure projects included in the City Deal will pave the way for investment in our town centres and open spaces, as well as other improved facilities for our residents.”
Local residents living alongside the roads have been told once work is finished there will be new trees and landscaping planted to screen the road.
Further works for the A582 are planned to take place from October this year until March 2015.
The county council plan to add traffic signals to the roundabout at Stanfield Lane and the section of Golden Way south of Cop Lane to the Broad Oak roundabout becomes dual carriageway.
All elements of the City Deal proposal are due to be completed by 2023, you can view the timescale for some of the major transport works below, click on the left and right-hand side to go backwards and forwards:
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