Start date ‘pencilled in’ for roundabout

Traffic queues up at the busy junction.
Traffic queues up at the busy junction.
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Work on improvements to a notorious road junction in Clitheroe will start at the end of July and last for around six months.

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 by Lancashire County Council to improve safety and allow for higher levels of traffic.

The council, which is in the final stages of awarding the contract for the project, has pencilled in a date for work to start the week beginning Monday, July 30th.

In the meantime, the traffic management arrangements that will be needed for the roundabout to be constructed, with road closures and diversions in place, have been confirmed.

A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: “The new roundabout is being funded by Taylor Wimpey as part of planning permission for its nearby housing site with access off Pendle Road.

“When work begins 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 for the duration of the work.

“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.”

As was reported in the Clitheroe Advertiser last month, Lancashire County Council had hoped to start work on the new roundabout at the end of June. Meanwhile, back in March, residents were left confused when the wrong start date of April 2nd and a completion date of October 12th was posted via traveline in error on the county council’s website.