A notoriously busy junction on the A46 will be given a new lease of life in a multi-million pound makeover.
A £38 million project will see a new traffic lighted gyratory and bridge built at the Stoneleigh junction on the dual carriageway.
The works, which will also see realigned sliproads created, is set to start imminently in December and should be completed by the summer of 2022.
Cllr Jeff Clarke, portfolio holder for transport and planning at Warwickshire County Council, said the junction could no longer cope with the amount of traffic using it.
He said: “These works will bring real improvements to the experiences of local residents and commuters who use the A46 and the nearby roads that very frequently suffer from congestion.
“The existing junction can no longer cope with the levels of traffic and future development will only make this worse.
“As Warwickshire looks to make an economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, we need to be sure that we remain an excellent place to do business. This scheme will bring much needed capacity into the network and ensure that local businesses have the transport infrastructure that they need.”
Main works will commence in the near future after the contract was awarded to Colas-Siac. The construction of the contractors site offices and works compound will come first.
The scheme will be funded by Warwickshire County Council, the Department for Transport and the West Midlands Combined Authority, with developer contributions from the University of Warwick and Whitley South Works through the Coventry & Warwickshire Development Partnership.
Cllr John Cooke, Warwick District Council’s portfolio holder for development, said; “As our district starts to recover from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are very pleased to see the start of this strategically important traffic scheme.
“The new road system will not only improve access to Warwick University and the adjacent business parks, but will also encourage more cycling by reducing traffic volumes on the surrounding routes.”
Nick Abell, chairman of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “This is an important infrastructure scheme that will ease traffic congestion in the short, medium and long-term as we lay the foundations for future growth.
“It is important we keep the area moving and remain an attractive place to entice inward investors as well as deliver schemes which will help economic growth to return to Coventry and Warwickshire.”
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