Work to help alleviate congestion on the A133 and the surrounding network is set to begin in January 2017.
The work will include junction improvements to the existing Ipswich Road and Harwich Road roundabouts, widening of St Andrew’s Avenue carriageway as well as localised improvements to the surrounding local road network.
It is proposed that the work will be delivered in two distinct phases. Phase one will involve minor improvement works to the surrounding local road network, while phase two of the work will consist of major improvement works to the A133 from east of Harwich Road Roundabout to west of Ipswich Road Roundabout.
Cllr Rodney L Bass, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure said: “We are making further vital improvements to Colchester's roads.
“These works will support the continuing growth of the town, by providing extra capacity on our highways. We recognise there will be some disruption to the travelling public while these works take place but we are investing in a transport network that Colchester needs to support both housing and economic growth for years to come.”
The works form part of an approximately £50 million investment in Colchester by Essex County Council over the next five years.
In addition the Council has given the Local Highways Panel £4 million in 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.