Major roadworks on two Northampton roundabouts ‘due to finish by Easter’

Roadworks set for Woodhall Spa
Roadworks set for Woodhall Spa

Roadworks on two of Northampton’s busiest roundabouts are on track to be completed by April, Northamptonshire County Council has said.

Work is currently being carried out on the Gas Street roundabout in the town centre and the Round Spinney roundabout to increase the amount of lanes and improve the road surface.

The county council has announced that both projects are now in their “final phase”, with overnight road closures due to be put in place in March.

At the Gas Street roundabout, the work will take place in two phases with the first 12-night tranche between Monday, March 2 and Friday, March 13 and the second 10-night block between Monday, March 16 and Wednesday, March 25.

Work during the daytime will continue with night time working and road closures between 8pm and 6am.

At the Round Spinney roundabout, the work will be carried out between Sunday, March 8 and Monday, March 23, with night time road closures between 8pm and 6am.

Councillor Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said working at night was less disruptive to traffic and local businesses.

He said: “We are taking this opportunity to provide a more long term solution to improve the standard of the road and are ensuring this resurfacing work is done before the busy trading period of Easter.

“The work can also be carried out more effectively and more quickly as well as being safer to work at night when the streets are quieter and there are fewer pedestrians.”

In total, the roadworks have cost £6.8million, including £3.9 million from the Government, as part of a county council scheme to improve the capacity of the infrastructure and enable and facilitate growth in the town.

A council spokesman said every effort would be made to carry out the noisier activities in the early part of the night and vehicles have been fitted with low frequency reversing bleepers, which are designed to limit audible noise outside the danger zone, but are still effective and safe.