The Highways Agency will be realigning the approaches to the junction as well as the junction itself to increase its capacity. There will be additional traffic lights at approaches and pedestrian and cycling facilities will also be improved.
To minimise disruption at this congested junction, work will be carried out overnight between 8pm and 6am. During the course of the work there will be phased lane closures and some full closures.
Alastair Warnes, project manager for the scheme, said:
This £2.9million scheme will tackle traffic congestion at this busy roundabout as well as improve safety for road users.
This Friday night there will be a full closure in both directions of Lodge Lane from the A5 Lodge Lane roundabout to Saredon Road.
Although there will be no traffic management in place over the weekend, closures will apply again from next week. All diversions will be clearly signed and we urge road users to plan their journeys and leave extra time where possible.
The work is part of a national £317 million pinch point improvement programme designed to boost local economies, reduce congestion and improve safety on the strategic road network in England. The programme is part of the UK Government’s growth initiative, outlined during the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement in November 2011.
The pinch point programme helps boost local economies and drive economic growth by providing smaller scale improvements to ease congestion and make journey times more reliable for road users, including hauliers and commuters.
The scheme is due to be completed in December 2014.
Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.
Journalists should contact the Highways Agency press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.