PREPARATORY work has now begun on a major project designed to improve a major route in Wigan.
Highways engineers have now moved in on Marus Bridge roundabout, which will see a traffic light-controlled junction created in place of the current roundabout.
Work was initially scheduled to start on Monday, July 20, but was put back a week due to “technical issues”.
The work, which is expected to take 21 weeks, will be done in a phased process to reduce the impact during peak travel times but motorists are warned there will be delays while the work is taking place.
Wherever possible motorists were advised to find alternative routes but many have expressed anger at the fact they were not informed of the delays, as they deliberately avoided the area.
The project aims to help make traffic travelling along the A49 more free-flowing and reduce congestion. It will also help increase capacity at the junction and improve connectivity for commuters travelling through and into Wigan town centre.
This project complements the new A49 link road which will be built in 2016 and future environmental improvements along Poolstock.
The transformation project comes from Local Pinch Point funding from the Department for Transport.