Broughton Bypass delayed by 5 months
The completion of Broughton Bypass has been delayed by five months and has gone over budget.
The new road, north of Preston, started to be built in February 2016 and was due to be completed in March.
However during the construction of a bridge, workers found that the support pillars need to be 35 meters deep rather than the 12 meters that were planned due to the ground quality.
Lancashire County Councillor John Fillis, the Cabinet member for Highways and Transport says the delays are to be expected.
“I can only apologise for the delays to motorists however what is being implemented at Broughton will finally solve the traffic problems in the long term”
This has caused the opening of the bypass to be delayed until at least August.
The work was originally to be budgeted at £24.3m but the delays will cost another £3 million.
Motorists have been delayed at Broughton for many years and the bypass has long been called for.
As reported last year, residents of Broughton had mixed views of the project, with some people happy to see the bypass being built, with others saying it won’t make a difference
The new bypass will consist of three roundabouts as well as a bridge over Brockholes.
Work is nearing completion towards the north of Broughton with the roundabout in place and the road built towards the Whittingham Lane roundabout.
The biggest phase will be the completion of the roundabout by the M6 Junction and is expected to cause delays for motorists
More than 22,000 vehicles travel through the small village every day. During peak times, long traffic jams form on the A6 and M55 junction just south of the village.
The project is being funded by the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal, which is a creative collaboration of leaders from business, universities and local councils.
A small part of the funding is to be spent on the village of Broughton itself. This includes improving conditions for walkers, cyclists and buses.
Councillor Fillis says the new bypass will make the Guild Wheel, a 21 mile cycle route that circles Preston, safer for cyclists.
The plans will also make the village more pedestrian friendly to prevent motorists from still using the village instead of the bypass.
This work will not start until the bypass has been completed to minimise any further traffic.
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