WORK to change a major Portsmouth junction will begin next week.
Portsmouth City Council will begin roadworks at the junction of Rodney Road, Milton Road and Velder Avenue from Tuesday.
Only one eastbound lane from Rodney Road to the Milton and Velder junction will be open during this time, until the first stage of the works is completed on December 2.
In a bid to minimise disruption to traffic, Southern Gas Networks will simultaneously work to replace a gas main.
Once complete, there will be a permanent ban on traffic entering Milton Road from Alverstone Road. Figures show that only 50 cars of the 3,000 using the junction in the rush-hour make this manoeuvre.
This move will mean lights at the junction have to go through fewer stages and traffic will have to wait for less time.
During the work there will be no exit at this end of Alverstone Road, however, a new left turn from Alverstone Road to Rodney Road will be built, which will open at the beginning of December.
The second stage of the work to build push-button crossings at Rodney Road and Milton Road is planned to start in January.