The roundabout will be signalised with traffic lights installed to control the flow of traffic round the junction. A road will cut through the centre of the roundabout and traffic following the A61 will continue across the junction without the need to negotiate the roundabout. All of the approaches to the junction and the roundabout will also be widened as part of the scheme which will start on Monday 14 September.
The scheme will be delivered in three phases. The site office has been built and noise testing carried out from Monday 24 August. Preparatory groundwork will start on Monday 14 September until Friday 4 March. All work will take place between 8pm and 6am, Monday to Friday only. The main construction work, phase 3, will start in April 2016.
Highways England project manager, Martin Barnes, said:
These improvements will increase the capacity of the junction which currently sees significant traffic congestion on the approaches at peak times.
We are carrying out this improvement work at night to minimise disruption to road users. It’s essential that the work takes place so that drivers can benefit from safer journeys.
All approaches to the junction will be affected and a 30mph speed limit will be in place for safety reasons.
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