MAJOR roadworks for Cathedral Way, Chichester, are set to start in the new year.
West Sussex County Council said, once the work is completed, driving to the Tesco Extra superstore in Chichester will become ‘quicker and easier’.
However, while the 14-week long work is taking place it is likely to cause a headache for drivers.
County council member for highways and transport Pieter Montyn said: “As with all large-scale works of this nature, there will be short-term pain for long-term gain.
“We have worked with Tesco to schedule the works so it can avoid the busy Christmas period.
“We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this work will cause in the New Year – and we ask people to find alternative routes to this area if they can.
“However, once finished, it will improve the flow of traffic around Cathedral Way and Fishbourne Road East and make it easier to access the Tesco superstore.”
The council is planning a ‘major road improvement scheme’ along Cathedral Way and Fishbourne Road East.
The changes include giving traffic leaving the A27 onto Cathedral Way a dedicated left-hand lane, feeding into Fishbourne Road East and taking drivers to the Tesco store.
There will also be a dedicated left hand lane in Fishbourne Road East onto Cathedral Way.
“A new pedestrian footway along Fishbourne Road East will also be built,” said a council spokesman.
“The project is part of a planning agreement the county council had with Tesco when the supermarket was extended to become a Tesco Extra.”
The work is expected to start in January and be finished by late April, with shoppers being able to access Tesco Extra throughout.
Disruption is expected while the roadworks take place.
Cathedral Way will stay open except for ten nights across the 14-week period but the carriageway will have to be narrowed to ‘keep the workforce safe’.
Work during daytime hours will take place between 7.30am and 5pm.
Motorists are advised to find alternative routes during peak hours to avoid congestion.
The scheme will cost £280,000.
Of that, £150,000 is from the Tesco expansion, with the remainder from other development money within the Chichester district.