Motorists are being encouraged to allow extra time for their journeys as three months of major roadworks begin today on a key Bury St Edmunds route.
The works in Westgate Street, Out Westgate, Cullum Road and Parkway include replacing the busy Parkway/Cullum Road double mini-roundabout with a single roundabout.
The project is due to be completed on September 8 and is designed to improve traffic flow as well as make it easier to walk and cycle in the town.
A toucan crossing and a segregated cycle route will be installed in Westgate Street, which will link with existing cycle facilities in Cullum Road and St Andrew’s Street South.
Footpaths will also be widened, guard rails removed from the corners of the junctions and traffic and street lights upgraded.
Meanwhile, the pedestrian area in Out Westgate will be moved to allow crossing closer to the junction.
It is part of a £2.8 million investment in sustainable transport schemes in the town over the next 12 months by the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, the Government and Suffolk County Council.
During the roadworks there will be a diversion along Southgate Street and Cullum Road as Westgate Street will be subject to a 24-hour closure between Guildhall Street and the Parkway/Cullum Road double mini-roundabout.
Pedestrians can still access the area and businesses will remain open at all times with access maintained throughout.
Works will pause and roads will be open from August 26 for three days for the Bury Food and Drink Festival on August 27 and 28.
Temporary traffic lights will be placed along the A1302 Parkway, Cullum Road and in Out Westgate. These are automated, but when possible staff will operate the lights manually during peak hours to clear backed up traffic.
The works will be from 7am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, until August 25.
Overnight works will start on August 29 until 5am on September 8 to resurface and reline part of Parkway/ A143/ A1302 and Westgate Street, including the new roundabout. This work will involve a full closure of the junction and will be overnight to limit disruption during the day.
Suffolk County Council is encouraging motorists to allow extra time to make their journeys or use public transport options.
Click here to see a map showing the full diversion route.
For more information about the project visit www.suffolk.gov.uk/westgatestreet