ROADWORKS to improve Quay Street roundabout in Fareham will start in May and last for up to seven months.
Detailed plans for the works on the roundabout have now been released.
The work is being carried out by Tesco as one of the conditions for being allowed to build a new store on the neighbouring old foundry site.
The £2m project, which will create a new ‘throughabout’ lane for traffic coming out of Gosport and on to Eastern Way as well as new filter lanes and traffic lights, is intended to ease congestion at the busy junction.
Overnight on June 10 and 11 the bridge across the A27 Western Way exit will be removed to be replaced by a street-level pedestrian crossing.
On both nights Western Way will be closed from 8pm to 5am and a detour put in place along West Street, Trinity Street, Osborn Road, West Street and Portland Street. The A27 flyover will remain open to traffic heading west.
In a bid to ease traffic queues during the works, any other necessary road closures will also take place at night.
Councillor Sean Woodward, the leader of Fareham Borough Council, said: ‘If everything goes to plan they should have the roundabout finished and the store open in time for Christmas. They have said all the lanes will remain open all the time during the day, but it’s human nature that people will slow down to have a look so I have no doubt there’s the potential for some horrendous traffic problems.
‘But all credit to Tesco, they seem to be doing their best to avoid that.
‘It’s great to see it all coming to fruition at last.’
Construction firm J Breheny Contractors have set a target of completing all roadworks by November 27.
For more information go to quayst.co.uk
Work is due to start on May 9 and all durations are provisional.
Some night-time lane closures will take place on dates still to be confirmed.
Existing 30mph limits will stay on all approach roads.
n Phase one: Eight weeks, A27 widening and removal of the Western Way bridge.
n Phase two: Four weeks, Portland Street filter lane to Western Way and continuing A27 widening.
n Phase three: Four weeks, roundabout A32 northbound – the ‘throughabout’ lane.
n Phase four: Five weeks, roundabout A32 northbound - new splitter islands.
n Phase five: Six weeks, traffic islands and resurfacing of roads.
n Phase six: One week, commissioning of new traffic signals.
n Phase seven: One week, complete the kerb along the A32 northbound.