MOTORISTS are facing delays as work has started on a busy road.
BT has started work in Catcote Road, Hartlepool, near to the junction with Elwick Road in preparation for improvemnts that will increase traffic flow.
The telecommunications firm was asked to do the work by Hartlepool Borough Council ahead of a £95,000 project to widen the junction.
The final work, expected to start in January next year, will see Catcote Road widened to create a right turn lane for motorists travelling north to prevent traffic from building up behind vehicles waiting to turn into Elwick Road.
A similar scheme has been agreed for Elwick Road at the same junction for vehicles turning right onto Catcote Road.
A pedestrian island will be installed on the north side of the junction, to improve road safety and make crossing easier.
A spokeswoman for BT said: “We are laying new ducts and boxes underground and lowering and protecting existing boxes at the request of the local authority ready for a road widening scheme.
“We expect the work to be completed in approximately one week. Traffic management is in place to allow the work to be carried out safely.”
Work on the project will start in the New Year and is expected to take about two months.
Funding for the road improvements is coming from the Tees Valley Bus Network Improvements project, which is funded jointly between the Department for Transport and Hartlepool Borough Council’s Local Transport Plan.