Motorists are set to face disruption this weekend after a highways bosses confirmed a busy roundabout will be closed for resurfacing works.
The A56 Rising Bridge roundabout will be shut from 8pm on Sunday, July 24 until 6am on Monday, July 25 to carry out cabling and resurfacing upgrades.
The roundabout is currently at the heart of a £4.5 million scheme to link villages, schools and businesses on either side of the A56.
The work includes installing new traffic lights, pedestrian crossings and cycle lanes
Highways England project manager John Lyssejko said: “We’re improving some of England’s busiest A roads so that they support local communities as well as the drivers passing through them, and I’m pleased that the scheme at Rising Bridge roundabout will serve villages, schools and businesses in the area.
“We continue to do all we can to minimise disruption while work is taking place, with the closures taking place overnight when the road is quietest.
“When the scheme is complete, drivers and residents will be able to benefit from new traffic lights, pedestrian crossings and cycle lanes, as well as brighter and smoother journeys through the roundabout.”
The scheme will feature ‘intelligent’ traffic lights, which will use sensors in the road to monitor traffic approaching from each direction and adjust the lights accordingly.
"The lights will allow pedestrians and cyclists to cross when it is safest to do so, and will remain on green for longer at the busiest junctions.
New steel safety barriers are also being installed, and a pedestrian crossing which links Rising Bridge Road to the Hall Park housing estate is being upgraded.
A new island is being created in the centre of the A56 to make it easier for residents to safely cross from one side to the other.