A £275,000 scheme to improve a town centre roundabout is set to start next week.
Work on the Burn Valley roundabout in Hartlepool will start on Monday, October 8, and continue for around six weeks.
The scheme involves re-modelling the roundabout to improve traffic flows by enabling two vehicles to safely travel around it side-by-side.
Three approach roads – York Road, Blakelock Gardens and Stockton Road (the stretch running down to Belle Vue Way) – will be widened where they feed into the roundabout to create two lanes and help reduce queuing at busy times.
The road around the roundabout is to be rebuilt, and new and improved pedestrian crossing islands will also be constructed on every approach.
Peter Frost, Hartlepool Borough Council’s traffic team leader, said: “There will inevitably be some disruption and we would like to apologise in advance for that.
“We will be doing our best to minimise any inconvenience by doing the work in phases which will enable us to keep a single lane open rather than completely closing the road.
“There will, however, be two days of unavoidable road closures towards the end of the improvement scheme for re-surfacing works to be carried out. This work is scheduled to take place on Sundays when roads are quieter.”
The improvement scheme is part of an on-going programme to improve the bus network across the town.
It is being funded with Government money via the Tees Valley Bus Network Improvement Fund and the council’s Local Transport Plan.