Hold on to your gaskets: It's the four-month A52 crawl
DRIVERS face 16 weeks of delays as a major roadworks scheme begins on the A52 tomorrow.
The £3.4 million project on the two-and-a-half-mile stretch from Bramcote island to the Queen's Medical Centre roundabout is aimed at reducing congestion.
But it is the fourth major project on the road since 2010, with other work including resurfacing, upgrading street lighting and maintaining road markings.
Matt Gilman, manager at the Toby Carvery, in Wollaton Park, said local businesses would prefer for road schemes to be done in one hit to prevent ongoing disruption.
"It would be better to do them all at once.
"They seem to drag roadworks out and do different projects all the time," he said.
Highways Agency project manager Len Murray said the work would reduce delays by more than 10 per cent and improve safety.
"Tackling congestion and improving safety are top priorities for the Highways Agency," he said.
"We will be installing a system that uses electronic sensors to adjust the timing of the signals in response to changing traffic levels. This should reduce delays by more than 10 per cent, making journey times more reliable.
"We realise this work will have an impact on the 38,000 vehicles a day that use this section of the A52, which is why the work and lane closures will be limited to off-peak hours and overnight to minimise delays."
There will be off-peak lane closures and, on a few occasions, both carriageways will be closed overnight.
The eastbound bus lane will be temporarily suspended.
A 30mph speed limit will be used throughout the work, which is expected to cause delays of up to 30 minutes.
The plans also involve widening sections of carriageway to increase capacity at various locations.
The eastbound bus lane will be shortened by about 80 metres on the approach to the Priory island to add capacity for all vehicles.
Extra pedestrian and cycle crossings will also be provided.