Work on Penwortham Broad Oak roundabout began today. The work which is part of the Penwortham Bypass scheme will see a new road created, connecting the A582 at the roundabout to the A59 Liverpool road.
The bypass is one of several major road schemes being funded through the £434m City Deal; an agreement between Lancashire Enterprise Partnership and Preston City Council, South Ribble Borough Council and Lancashire County Council.
According to the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, the new road will cut journey times and reduce congestion through the centre of Penwortham.
The project is expected to take around two years to complete and once finished will carry approximately 22,000 vehicles per day.
Lancashire County Council originally planned for the new road to join the A59 further south, but revised their plan in order to avoid having to demolish buildings. However, All Hallows Catholic High School are set to have their playing fields relocated in order to make way for the new road.
Leader of the County Council, Geoff Driver says, “we know that there will be some disruption while the road is being built and we ask people to bear with us during the construction, because it will be worth it in the end.”