Highways bosses say new roundabout will improve safety

The busy road junction.
The busy road junction.
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Major improvements to a notorious road junction near Clitheroe are due to get underway next month.

The staggered junction of the A59, Pendle Road, and Clitheroe Road, one of the main access points for Clitheroe, is due to be replaced with a roundabout to improve safety and allow for higher levels of traffic.

The scheme is being funded by Taylor Wimpey as part of planning permission for its nearby housing site with access off Pendle Road.

Eric Wright Civil Engineering Ltd has been appointed by Lancashire County Council to construct the roundabout, with work due to take place from Monday, August 6th, until the start of February 2019.

County Councillor Keith Iddon, Lancashire County Council cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "The A59 is a high speed road and this junction has a poor safety record. Replacing the staggered junction with a roundabout will make it much safer, as well as more suitable for higher volumes of traffic as the area develops.

"We know that people who live and work in this area have been anticipating these improvements for some time, and I'm pleased that we're now making final preparations for work to begin.

"There will inevitably be some disruption due to the closures and diversions we need to put in place, and we're grateful for people's patience, but the priority will be as far as possible to keep traffic flowing efficiently on the A59 as it's such a crucial route."

A 30mph speed limit and reduction in lane width will be put in place on the A59 on the approaches to the work site, and the junctions with Pendle Road and Clitheroe Road will be closed with diversions signed.

Traffic wishing to access Pendle Road will be diverted through Clitheroe via the A59/A671 roundabout to the south, onto the A671, and Pimlico Road (and vice versa). Traffic wishing to access Clitheroe Road will be diverted through Pendleton via Main Street.

In addition a diversion will be in place for National Cycle Route 91 through Pendleton via Main Street and across the A59 to join the existing cycle route along Worston Road (and vice versa).

Disruption to traffic on the A59 will be minimal as the roundabout will be constructed to either side, with the existing road being tied into the new roundabout once each section has been completed. Weekend closures will be needed at this stage of the project, with the dates and traffic management arrangements to be announced nearer the time.

To find out more about the scheme search "A59 roundabout" at www.lancashire.gov.uk.