Work will begin on the Sendalls Way junction with Tavistock Road from Monday, 23 October as the Derriford Transport Scheme moves into its latter stages.
Improvements include upgrading the junction with new traffic islands, signal poles, traffic light heads and cable ducting.
This will require the right turn out of Sendalls Way onto Tavistock Road southbound to be temporarily closed. This means that vehicles exiting Sendalls Way will only be able to turn left and so traffic heading southbound towards the city centre will need to travel via Derriford Roundabout.
Both the left and right turn entrances into Sendalls Way will remain open. Work at this junction will take around four months to complete and the right turn lane will be reopened in early 2018.
Meanwhile, the council has also been reviewing arrangements at Budshead Roundabout to address some of the recent issues with queues extending up Budshead Road and preventing vehicles exiting Tamerton Foliot Road.
This includes introducing some changes to the lane markings to encourage better lane discipline and to improve traffic flow. Plymouth Highways will be painting the white lanes overnight early next week, weather permitting.
Works to the Tavistock Road central reservation at the Budshead Road junction are now complete which means traffic heading northbound will be using the two outside lanes. This will allow a short section of the slip from Budshead Road to be reinstated, although it will still be operating on a temporary give way arrangement.
Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport, Housing and Planning, said: “We have listened to the concerns of residents and hope that the changes made at Budshead Roundabout will ease congestion on the roundabout in preparation for the Sendalls Way work.
“The Derriford Transport Scheme is so important to the north of the city and we ask the public to bear with us while complete the works.”
The Derriford Transport Scheme will deliver:
– Additional traffic lanes and bus priority measures on Tavistock Road, Derriford Roundabout and William Prance Road to improve journey times.
– Modern and efficient traffic signals are being installed, along with new, marked cycle lanes and new pedestrian crossings.
– Walking and cycling improvements will also extend northwards along the A386 from Derriford Roundabout towards the George Park and Ride.
In order to minimize the duration of the works night working is being maximized where possible.
The scheme is on track to be complete in spring 2018. Anyone travelling along this route is advised to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journey.
The Derriford Transport scheme is a regionally important major scheme and vital to delivering homes and jobs in the north of the city. The Heart-of-the-South-West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP) is contributing £10.16 million towards the £13 million scheme.