By Daniel Williams
A major Liverpool road is set to undergo a 12-month construction project next week, with drivers being warned of delays.
Roadworks will start on the A59, which connects Liverpool to Preston, on April 8.
The road passes near Goodison Park – the home of Everton FC.
Work will occur between the junctions of Great Mersey Street and Queens Drive in Walton, and includes 2km of new road surfaces, along with three new crossings.
Liverpool City Council has warned delays are likely and advised those travelling to and from Walton, Kirkdale and Anfield to find different routes.
Funding for the road comes from Liverpool City Council’s Better Roads Programme.
Andy Barr, head of highways at the council, believes the roadworks are vital.
He said: “This revamp of the A59 is a significant and much needed investment and a good example of how the Better Roads programme is improving Liverpool’s Highways infrastructure.
“Naturally, for a major arterial road connecting Liverpool city centre to our motorways and passing major venues as Goodison Park and Aintree Racecourse, works of this scale will cause disruption but the programme has been designed to minimise impact, which is why the programme will begin after the Grand National.
“Once complete, this stretch of the A59 will be a much more pleasurable experience for all road users and pedestrians.”
The scheme aims to minimise impact on road users, with planned closures happening overnight.