Motorists in Northampton can expect delays of up to half-an-hour on journeys this autumn due to a number of planned roadworks schemes.
Northamptonshire County Council has announced a £12 million series of projects which, it says, will support a “turbo-charged” investment in the town, the biggest in over 50 years.
But councillors said the works were likely to cause significant delays throughout the next few months as various traffic management measures are put in place.
The major works, revealed at a county council press conference on Wednesday, will be carried out on the Towcester Road/Gas Street roundabout and at the Round Spinney roundabout with the A43.
Starting on September 15, the £6.8 million scheme at the Gas Street roundabout is expected to cause delays for motorists for a year as work takes place to create better access to the Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone site and to build extra lanes on the roundabout.
The £3.4 million scheme at Round Spinney – which will extend the roundabout capacity by 18 per cent and modernise traffic signals – is also planned to start in September and last until spring 2015.
The council’s director for Northampton’s highways, David Farquhar, said: “There will be significant impact on traffic and motorists can expect a 20-30 minute addition to their journey time within the first week of the projects.
“Nearby villages will also be affected as motorists look for alternative routes, but we are staggering the works where possible.”
Councillor Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for highways, transport and environment, said: “We’ve worked very hard to secure funding for the various highways projects we need around the town to help unlock economic growth and to enhance the town centre.
“However there will be a great deal of disruption and we’re urging motorists to seek alternative routes or even using alternative methods of travel, such as walking or cycling if appropriate.”
Funding for the schemes is split between Government grants and the council’s transport budget.