Improved traffic signals and road widening will be part of major improvement works on Ampthill Road to reduce congestion and enhance road safety.
Beginning next week (from Monday 24 May), the road will be widened to create a second northbound lane between Elstow Road and Britannia Road.
There will also be improvements for vehicles turning right into side roads off Ampthill Road, helping traffic flow better and easing congestion.
This added lane will be for buses and Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV), enabling people to continue benefiting from the bus lane and encouraging the use of electric vehicles as they become more common.
Air quality monitoring will also be installed as part of the project.
New electronic message signs will also be installed to provide journey information to drivers, and average speed cameras will also be installed to improve road safety.
Works are planned to be complete by early 2022.
To minimise disruption as much as possible, the majority of these works will be done with the road kept open, with lane closures and temporary signals in place to keep traffic moving.
Later in the year, sections of the road will need to be closed overnight for around two to three weeks at a time for resurfacing works to be carried out.
Bedford Borough Council says the road will only be closed overnight, and this work will be done in sections. The southern end will begin first with the rest of the road later on.
The resurfacing works are not expected to take place until the autumn.
Cllr Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Transport and Highways said: “We are speaking to major organisations down this road, in particular Bedford Hospital, to ensure we carry out these works with the minimum of disruption and inconvenience.
“Thank you to road users, residents in this area and businesses for their patience as we carry out these major improvement works.”
The project is part of Transporting Bedford, a project to tackle congestion hotspots in Bedford.
It is funded by both Bedford Borough Council and £15.5M funding from the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) through the Local Growth Fund.
Judith Barker, Director of Programmes and Governance at SEMLEP added, “Through the Transporting Bedford project, we’re reducing congestion and enabling greater business productivity in the town by improving town centre traffic movement.