The much anticipated improvements works on Plymouth Road in Plympton will begin later this month.
A key part of the Eastern Corridor Junction Improvement Scheme, works will replace ageing traffic signal equipment on Plymouth Road with the latest technology, whilst providing more road capacity and improving routes for pedestrians and cyclists.
Work will begin on Monday 18 March with the addition of a new mini-roundabout installed on the Cot Hill, Merafield Road junction before attention shifts to Plymouth Road itself later in the year.
Councillor Mark Coker, Cabinet member for Strategic Transport and Infrastructure, said: “The Plymouth Road scheme has been a long time in the planning and I will be very pleased to see it start.
“This scheme will make access to the city centre from Plympton as lot easier and will hopefully cater for the growth that we expect in the next few years.”
Temporary three-way traffic signals will be in place at Merafield Road for a period of five weeks while the works are completed.
Next on the agenda will be Longbridge Road where the traffic lights will be permanently removed to be replaced with an ordinary priority junction.
What else is happening on Plymouth Road?
A major part of the scheme is an extension to the eastbound, right-turn lane at Cot Hill where the road will be widened, reducing queues at this junction.
At Marsh Mills, an extra lane will be added to the entry of the roundabout, with upgrades to the crossing facilities and signals.
Meanwhile, Coypool Road will be changed to a two lane exit, allowing more vehicles to flow onto Plymouth Road in a shorter green light window.
New crossing facilities at Woodford Avenue and Larkham Lane are also in the plans, as are upgrades to crossings at Dingle Road and Glen Road and a new cycle lane between Larkham Lane and Dingle Road.
Further information on the scheme can be found at www.plymouth.gov.uk/ecjip