Work to rebuild one of the main routes into and out of Swindon will start at the end of June.
Swindon Council will shortly go out to tender for the work on the mile long Akers Way, which will be closed in sections to through traffic for approximately 20 weeks to allow contractors to carry out the reconstruction of the highway.
It is anticipated the work will take place in five stages and has been scheduled to take into account the completion of the Bruce Street Bridges improvement works and the upcoming summer holidays. However, with the reconstruction due to continue until November, motorists are being warned to expect delays and diversions will be in place.
Work will not start on site until GCSEs at Nova Hreod Academy, accessed from Akers Way, are complete.
A meeting with Akers Way residents to inform them of the works has been held and further engagement with local businesses and residents is currently taking place.
The road will remain open to residents and those accessing the school where possible, with traffic being diverted via Purton Road, Moredon Road and Cheney Manor Road and vice versa during the closure.
Further details about the work will be available when a contractor has been appointed and a schedule of the programme has been finalised.
Cllr Dale Heenan, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Sustainability and Transport, said: “Akers Way is the next scheme to be given the go ahead in our five-year highways improvement plan for Swindon.
“Motorists who use Akers Way will know that the road has deteriorated significantly over the last few years, and Swindon Council will be spending a considerable amount of money reconstructing the foundations and laying a new road surface to ensure this key road is usable for many years to come.
“Like all highway projects there will be disruption but the Council has scheduled the Akers Way work to start during the summer months to coincide with the school holidays, and to take advantage of the better weather.
“I am also keen to see this work used as an opportunity to find a way to tackle the parking problems that occur along Akers Way once and for all, and council officers are investigating options with local residents and councillors. 2016 is going to be an important year for this part of Swindon.”