Motorists will have cause for pre-Christmas celebrations as the Paula Radcliffe Way roadworks enter their final phase, with completion scheduled for Friday, 15 December.
In addition, extra signage will be placed at the lights at the Sainsbury’s turning to remind motorists not to block the junction, creating less of a bottleneck for supermarket shoppers.
Originally the works were expected to end by November, however following a more detailed inspection of the safety barriers it was decided that they would need full replacements, adding time to the project.
An ongoing issue during the roadworks has been some motorists causing congestion issues at the Sainsbury’s junction, leading to long delays for shoppers leaving the supermarket.
Feedback from the supermarket suggests that motorists leaving the site are experiencing difficulties due to drivers not following the highway code and creating queues across the junction. This has been having a continuous knock-on effect to traffic leaving Sainsbury’s.
Jim Weir, portfolio holder for environment, highways, and transport at Bedford Borough Council, commented on the progress, said: “We understand the challenges that roadworks can pose to the community, and we appreciate the ongoing patience of residents and commuters.
“In light of recent concerns raised by Sainsbury’s, we kindly urge motorists to adhere to the highway code and refrain from blocking the junction. This small but crucial gesture will greatly assist customers leaving the Sainsbury’s site.”
A council spokesperson said officers are reviewing the operation of the traffic signals and there will be extra signage in place asking people not to block the junction to help clear traffic from the Sainsbury’s site more quickly.
“The Council acknowledges the inconvenience caused during this period and asks people to avoid the area if possible and allow extra time for their journeys while the final phase of these essential safety works is underway,” said a statement.
“The completion of this project will not only enhance safety but contribute to the overall improvement of our community infrastructure.”