Roadworks at a Northampton road junction aimed at helping boost regeneration in the town will take 20 weeks.
Northamptonshire County Council and Northampton Borough Council, are proposing to enhance the Bedford Road/Victoria Promenade intersection, as they believe it is over capacity and see it as a blockage to economic growth.
The works will include:
* Additional lane width approaching the junction along Bedford Road
* A dedicated left-turn lane from Bedford Road into Victoria Promenade
* Improved pedestrian crossings
* Enhanced paving materials to create a Heritage gateway to the town centre
* ‘Intelligent ‘traffic signal control to co-ordinate traffic movements around the adjacent network in anticipation of future growth
The scheme is intended to complement other major highways projects on Northampton’s inner ring road which, combined, will greatly improve traffic flows.
Teh councils see it as an essential component in the town’s regeneration and development of the Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone and the university campus.
Councillor Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “This is the latest component in a whole raft of work that is taking place across the town to help boost economic growth.
“Not only will the enhancement make this a very attractive entrance to the town but it will also reduce congestion.
“Most of all though this is helping remove potential barriers to the regeneration of Northampton town centre and provide greater confidence for investors that key sites can be released for development.”
During the works, Derngate Road will be closed from the junction to Spring Gardens, while the existing permanent signals will be replaced with temporary three-way traffic signals, allowing traffic to manoeuvre between Victoria Promenade, Bedford Road and Cheyne Walk.
As well as the improved traffic flows, the design element of the project aims to enhance the appearance of the area, and form the Heritage Gateway to the town centre area and Northamptonshire County Council working as Northamptonshire Highways, have been collaborating with Northampton Borough Council.
The overall scheme will cost £1.3 and work is due to start on May 27 2014 and scheduled to take approximately 20 weeks to complete.