ROADWORKS to redesign a roundabout on a key route in and out of Fareham and Gosport are finally expected to begin in May.
Motorists should be braced for delays as the Quay Street roundabout in Fareham is remodelled as part of a deal with Tesco for it to build a new supermarket on the neighbouring old foundry site.
And work on the old foundry site itself is now set to begin next Thursday.
The supermarket giant had previously said that work would resume on-site on March 11.
Juliette Bishop, corporate affairs manager for Tesco, said the delay in starting was not down to any major problems, just ironing out contracts and final preparations.
And she added that any road closures needed as part of the project will take place overnight in a bid to reduce traffic jams.
She said: ‘The final work needed to prepare the site will start on the March 24, ahead of the construction of the new Tesco store beginning this summer.
‘In May, work will start on the significant highways changes and to help local road users know what will be happening, we will be sending further details to residents in Fareham and Gosport in advance of the highways work starting.’
The new store’s site was originally cleared last summer.
But works were put on hold while an agreement was reached with Scottish and Southern Electric over the relocation of a sub-station on land needed for a new access road.
Tesco plans to have the 70,000sq ft store open next spring, creating 240 new full and part-time jobs.
The redesigned roundabout will feature a new ‘throughabout’ lane in a bid to ease queues at the junction between the A27 and the A32 to Gosport.
Under its planning agreement Tesco cannot open the new store until work on the roundabout has ﬁnished.