Work to improve safety on a stretch of the A6 Blackrod Bypass started this week.
Highways engineers started digging up the road on Monday (November 1) to upgrade the drainage systems, from the Station Road junction to the lay-by adjacent to the dog kennels.
This is to help prevent water from gathering on this stretch of the A6 bypass.
Bolton Council will also resurface this section of the road as part of its annual highways improvement programme.
The council is improving road drainage following a request from the coroner, at an inquest last month, to look at making improvements in addition to the planned resurfacing works.
The inquest was held into the death of a motorist who died in a collision on the bypass in November 2008.
In line with the coroner’s recommendations Bolton Council investigated the road and is upgrading the drainage systems. Work to improve the rest of the A6 Bypass is due to be considered at a later stage.
Temporary traffic signals are in use while drainage work is carried out. However, they are only being used during off-peak times to keep disruption to a minimum.
Resurfacing will begin week commencing November 15. The scheme is expected to take until Christmas to complete, dependent on weather conditions.
To enable the works to be completed as quickly and safely as possible, a one-way system will be in place along the bypass from November 15.
Signs will be erected to divert motorists - those travelling from Bolton will be diverted through Blackrod. Bolton bound-traffic can travel along the bypass as usual but a 30mph speed limit restriction will be in place.
Councillor Akhtar Zaman, Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Environmental Services, said although there would be disruption to motorists, the work was necessary.
“We did carry out some work last year to protect the road from flooding but more needs to be done. We were going to resurface this part of the bypass as part of our annual improvement programme anyway and once this and the drainage upgrade is complete, there should be a noticeable improvement on this part of the bypass,” said Councillor Zaman.
“We want to try and get the work done before adverse winter weather sets in, which is why we have to implement a temporary one-way system. And while we will make every effort to keep traffic moving, we would ask residents and motorists to be patient while work is underway,” he added.
Local company Bethells and the council’s in-house team are carrying out the works.
Affected residents will receive letters about the works taking place.
For more information telephone the council’s helpline on 01204 336677.