DRIVERS have been urged to be patient with major disruption expected as work starts on one of Doncaster’s biggest roads schemes.
A roundabout on White Rose Way used by thousands of rush-hour motorists every weekday will be reduced to just one lane from Monday and there are fears queues could build up as far back as the M18.
Peter Davies, Doncaster Elected Mayor, said: “We need motorists to bear with us while we carry out this important work. We are doing all we can to reduce the impact on road users and the benefits once the scheme is complete are immeasurable.”
The changes to the Potteric Carr and Lady Bank junctions are part of the Doncaster Southern Gateway Improvement Scheme.
The current roundabouts will be turned into signal-controlled junctions.
The junctions will use the latest intelligent technology that changes the traffic light sequences to help keep traffic flowing, which engineers say is particularly important during peak periods.
The improvements are part of plans to make the full length of the major route from Junction 3 of the M18 into Doncaster town centre a dual carriageway, in a bid to cut congestion and speed up journey times.
Mr Davies said: “These improvements on one of our key gateways are essential for the development of the town and our economy.
“As well as dramatically reducing congestion and improving journey times into Doncaster, they are critical for unlocking development opportunities and driving new investment into the borough.”
From Monday, Potteric Carr roundabout will be reduced to a single lane, and from Monday, June 18, the exit from Decoy Bank South onto Lady Bank roundabout will be shut so new carriageway alignment works can take place. Vehicles leaving Decoy Bank South will need to enter White Rose Way via Middle Bank roundabout.
From Monday, June 25, for the duration of the works, the Carolina Way outbound exit onto Lady Bank roundabout will be closed, and from the evening of Tuesday, June 26, during off peak periods, Lady Bank roundabout will be reduced to a single lane.
In the coming months, a free flow arrangement will be in operation at Lady Bank roundabout which will allow motorists approaching from the M18 to continue on White Rose Way without having to give way at the roundabout.
When implemented, it will close part of circulatory route and prevent drivers from travelling straight onto Wilmington Drive. These motorists will have to follow White Rose Way to Middle Bank roundabout and return to Lady Bank roundabout to access the junction.
The new look White Rose Way will be fully open in July 2013.