Details of what engineers will be up to around the Adelphi roundabout in the coming weeks have been confirmed.Advertisement
Signs have started to appear around the busy Preston junction near the University of Central Lancashire campus warning of disruption.
UCLan has confirmed it is early stage work in its major overhaul of the roundabout to create Adelphi Square.
The multi-million pound redevelopment includes major changes to the road layout as well as a new £60million student centre being built next door to the Adelphi pub.
Highways engineers will be inspecting the road and pavements to establish the locations of utilities, distribution points and other underground features from now until the end of May.
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The first phase is only affecting the pavements and begins on Wednesday (7 February) and alternative routes will be provided until the end of March when the work ends.
From late April a one-week blitz will see the roads inspected with sections of Corporation Street, Friargate, Moor Lane, Walker Street and Fylde Road all seeing work. Temporary traffic lights will be in force during this week.
Chief operating officer at UCLan Michael Ahern said: “These important investigations will ensure works can be carried out on time and with minimal disruption once the construction phase of the Student Centre commences, currently scheduled for early 2019.
“During April and May we expect the preparatory work will impact on traffic coming into the City centre and we would advise road users to allow more time when planning their journeys.
“The teams involved are doing everything possible to ensure this essential work is completed quickly to minimise any inconvenience.”
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UCLan won planning permission for the Adelphi Square scheme in mid-January and has also agreed to work with charities for the blind to ensure the ‘shared space’ area of the scheme is accessible for those who are visually impaired.
Adelphi Square itself will span 8,440 square metres and includes the new engineering centre which is being built on the former Foster building car park.
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