Work to manage congestion and pinch-point pressure on one of Colchester's busiest roads is due to begin this July.
The work will improve capacity by widening the existing carriageway to two lanes each way between Colne Bank roundabout and the Albert roundabout.
Further work includes strengthening works to Colne Bank Avenue Bridge and subway, re-waterproofing the bridge deck, and the introduction of an enhanced shared footway/ cycleway to the southern side of this stretch of Colne Bank Avenue.
Councillor Rodney Bass, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure said:
“We are making vital investments into the future of Colchester’s roads. These works will support the continuing growth of the town, by providing extra capacity on our highways and keeping congestion to a minimum. We recognise there will be some disruption to the travelling public whilst these works take place but we are investing in a transport network for Colchester that will be fit for purpose for many years to come.”
Work is due to be complete in January 2017. Motorists may wish to consider alternative transport arrangements while the roadworks go ahead, such as using the bus or the Colchester Park and Ride, or by walking or cycling for shorter journeys.
Total investment in Colchester by Essex County Council, is about £50 million.
In addition, the Council has given the Colchester Local Highways Panel £4 million over the last four years, which has been spent on schemes such as cycling and walking initiatives, safety schemes, highway improvements, public rights of way and passenger transport improvements.
More information can be found at www.essex.gov.uk/majorschemes.