Work on the first of four major road schemes, set to create more dual carriageways connecting Leyland to Preston, will start this month.
Plans to widen the South Ribble Western Distributor from the Flensburg Way ‘tank’ roundabout through Penwortham, have been put in place to reduce traffic congestion and to support future housing developments.
The work will be carried out in stages, and the first phase will see the section of the A582 Golden Way north of Cop Lane widened to a dual carriageway, and increase the number of lanes at the junction with Chain House Lane near Whitestake.
Roadworks will start on May 26, being carried out during off-peak commuting times, and are expected to last for around 20 weeks.
The work is part of Lancashire County Council’s Highways and Transport Masterplan, and one of four major highway schemes to receive funding under the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal.
Leader of South Ribble Council, Coun Margaret Smith, said: “The City Deal represents a huge commitment for us, and it has real potential to bring to fruition some major community facilities for residents alongside the larger infrastructure projects.
“Many of the proposals have been in the pipeline for decades and the City Deal is a real catalyst to push them forward to benefit the residents of South Ribble.”
It is hoped the initial phase of work will have an immediate impact in helping to reduce journey times, and make it easier for cyclists to use the busy roads by introducing formal cycle lanes.
Future work will involve dualling Flensburg Way and Farington Road, either side of the Centurion Tank roundabout, and further work is planned to take place from October 2014 to March 2015.
Traffic lights will be added to the roundabout at Stanifield Lane in Farington, and the section of Golden Way from Cop Lane to the Broad Oak roundabout in Penwortham will also be widened to become a dual carriageway.
The work will double the vehicle capacity and pave the way for the earlier development of major new employment and housing sites, as outlined in South Ribble’s Local Development Framework.