MAJOR disruption is set to come to Havant as a £600,000 roadwork scheme gets under way.
Havant Borough Council is carrying out a huge revamp of Park Road North and Park Road South – one of the busiest routes in the area as it feeds into the A27.
The work is due to start in the middle of March and will take around four months.
The aim is to improve the safety of the road for pedestrians and cyclists.
In Park Road North, the work will involve the narrowing of the carriageway by one metre and widening of the pavement to create a shared cycleway and footway. There will be the remarking of the carriageway into three lanes.
In Park Road South, the central island between HSBC and McDonald’s will be removed and the pelican crossing will be replaced with a toucan crossing, which caters for both pedestrians and bicycles.
The western side of the road will have its pavement widened and the bus stop layby outside McDonald’s will be removed. The junction with West Street will be altered so that the road surface is raised to slow down traffic, as well as a raised surface at the exit of Bulbeck Road.
The work in West Street and Bulbeck Road will require temporary road closures.
Traders in Havant were worried about the impact, although the council is discussing the practicalities with each business.
Terri Gardaner, who works at La Bonne Baguette in West Street, said: ‘It’s going to affect us quite badly because our deliveries are from the back.’
But shopkeepers are hoping the disruption will be worth it. ‘It’s quite dangerous trying to cross that road,’ added Mrs Gardaner.
Special projects engineer Steve Mountain said: ‘As the town centre expands westwards, the two halves are becoming separated by the busy traffic in Park Road.
‘The project therefore seeks to reassign road space from traffic towards pedestrians and cyclists, better reflecting the nature of the road in its present, lower speed form while maintaining its capacity as a main link between the trunk road network and the New Lane industrial area.’