Next stage of A582 road widening work to start
The next phase of work to widen a section of the A582 in South Ribble into a dual-carriageway is due to begin after Easter.
Work will begin to widen the southern section of Golden Way between from Cop Lane to the Broad Oak roundabout, close to Booths Supermarket.
Road-widening work has recently been completed on the northern section of Golden Way, from Cop Lane towards Preston. Utility work is expected to be completed this week.
As part of this latest stage, there'll also be a new toucan crossing for pedestrians and cyclists at the Broad Oak Lane roundabout and a new shared use cycle/footway along Millbrook Way and Cop Lane, linking to the existing cycle facilities at Broad Oak Lane roundabout and Hurst Grange Park.
This work is expected to be completed in November. The site compound for this work has been constructed close to the Broad Oak roundabout.
The A582 is one of Central Lancashire's busiest roads. This work is aimed at relieving congestion and encourage economic growth across the Preston and South Ribble area. It was recently widened to two lanes in each direction from Cop Lane towards Preston. This included changing the road layout and introducing traffic signals on the Oaks Wood (Leyland Road) roundabout.
County Councillor John Fillis, Cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "This congestion-busting work will improve one of the main transport routes, while supporting planned new development in the area and encouraging economic growth. We're pleased to see how much progress has already been made and we're looking forward to the next stage of this improvement work, which will bring clear benefits for central Lancashire and further afield."
Councillor Margaret Smith, Leader of South Ribble Borough Council, said: "This latest road improvement will help continue our plans to unlock the development potential of key sites. We are committed to getting the transport infrastructure for new development right early on – that is the key to managing the future of South Ribble in a co-ordinated way and to encourage economic growth, which will in turn pave the way for the regeneration of our towns and villages.”
The project, part of the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal, would upgrade the whole of the A582 route into a dual carriageway between Cuerden and Preston city centre. It also includes the section of Flensburg Way towards Longmeanygate in Leyland.
These improvements and other work to upgrade the A582 form part of City Deal, a ten-year project for Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire worth £434m. City Deal will deliver major road and transport infrastructure improvements and create more than 20,000 jobs.
A consultation was recently completed about widening the full length of the A582 from the M65 junction all the way into Preston, as well as the B5253 south to Longmeanygate. The responses to the consultation are currently being reviewed and report will be presented to the cabinet member for consideration in the summer. These proposals also include significant investment to improve cycling infrastructure, with a 3m-wide shared cycle and footway from Stanifield Lane to Broadoak Roundabout, with off-road facilities into Preston.
Improvement work at the Chain House Lane junction was completed back in November. Work is also continuing on the Stanifield Lane roundabout to create extra lanes, cycle lanes and install traffic lights.