Spades have gone in the ground during Tuesday (9 January) as a long-awaited road begins construction.Advertisement
The Penwortham Bypass, linking the A59 at Liverpool Road to Golden Way and the A582, was approved in September last year.
Now City Deal bosses say the two-year construction of the road has begun.
It will cost around £17.5million and involves relocating the playing fields at All Hallows Catholic High School.
Initial proposals included adding a roundabout to the A59 but this was amended to be a traffic light junction.
Read more: Watch the route of the Penwortham Bypass
Completion of the bypass will then see work undertaken through the centre of Penwortham village to ‘upgrade the public realm’.
Work is still ongoing on the A582 with a long-running scheme taking place to make the road a dual carriageway for a number of sections.
The bypass will join the A582 at the Brown Hare/Booths roundabout.
In October last year the Broughton Bypass opened after a much-delayed construction period. It was named after Preston war hero James Towers.
Funding for the Penwortham Bypass comes from the City Deal, a £434million investment in Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire new homes and infrastructure.
Leader of the county council county councillor Geoff Driver said: “This is a huge step forward in delivering this new road, which has been talked about for many years. Local people have put up with congestion for too long through the town, and I’m pleased that construction is underway.
“The Penwortham Bypass is a key City Deal project to connect the A59 with the improved A582, which is in the process of being widened to add capacity in this part of South Ribble.
“We know that there will be some disruption while the road is being built and we ask people to bear with us during the construction, because it will be worth it in the end.”
Chair of the City Deal Jim Carter said: “We’re bringing together the public sector and the private sector to improve your communities, make this a thriving area for everyone and make the most of this once in a generation opportunity.
“Our City Deal is achieving a huge amount. We’ve completed the widening of Golden Way, improved five major junctions along the A582, opened James Towers Way in Broughton, and recently had planning approval for the Preston Western Distributor and the East-West Link Road.
“Beyond new road building, we’re working hard to finish public realm improvements in the city, in Bamber Bridge and New Hall Lane, and we’re seeing real progress in delivering Preston Bus Station improvements and a major new development site at Cuerden.
“We’ll continue working hard to bring even more improvements in the future, with the key aims of helping people to get around, transforming the area and bringing in new jobs and economic growth.”
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