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Roadwork misery as major disruption set to hit Wolverhampton AGAIN

By Richard Guttridge | Wolverhampton | News | Published:

Drivers face major disruption at one of the busiest junctions into Wolverhampton with major roadworks lasting for a month.

Traffic at the junction of Wolverhampton Road in the city, which will be closed for a month from January 22

Wolverhampton Road will be closed at its junction with Wednesfield Way and motorists will be forced to take a diversion.

Traffic light works will also see three-way temporary lights put up – bringing more misery for drivers in the city as yet another round of roadworks arrives to bring disruption.

The road closure and temporary signals will be in operation 24 hours a day.

The scheme will get under way on January 22 and is part of a council scheme to improve traffic lights at the busy junction near New Cross Hospital and leads onto the Wednesfield Road into the city.

It is due to end on February 23.

Several sets of lights at the junction mean that traffic regularly backs up already during busy periods.

Temporary traffic lights will be in place around the Wolverhampton Road, Wednesfield Way and Deans Road junction, while there will be no access from Wolverhampton Road and Church Street onto Wednesfield Way.

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The job has been described as ‘high impact’ by Wolverhampton council roads bosses.

The 24-hour restrictions mean traffic is likely to build up at rush hour and other busy periods.

Necessary

Heath Town councillor Milkinder Jaspal said the work was necessary and urged motorists to be patient.

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He insisted that it was being carried out to improve traffic flow at the junction.

He said: “Roadworks need to be done and that will mean inconvenience and delays but it’s part of the maintenance of the roads.

“We are trying to keep the roads to the highest standard possible.

“The traffic light works are going to improve the junction. If we don’t maintain our infrastructure it is going to cost more in the long term.

“I would say to drivers bear with us while we carry out these improvements.”

It is the latest major roadworks scheme for drivers in and around Wolverhampton to contend with and comes on the back of a long-running project on Bilston Road.

The work, which saw the major route closed heading into the city, led to a backlash from business owners who said their trade was hit.

Motorists have also faced delays on Merridale Road this week while work has been ongoing there.

Richard Guttridge

By Richard Guttridge
Deputy Chief Reporter - @RichG_star

Deputy Chief Reporter for the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton.

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