Construction around the road widening scheme was put on hold in March at the start of theCovid-19 pandemic, as restrictions were put in place, but work has now restarted. Workers will be keeping to the social distancing rules while they are in place.
The work will see Haslingden Road widened between Shadsworth Road and Lions Drive (Beehive Roundabout) as well as the creation of a new entrance to Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital at Old Bank Lane.
There will also be upgraded roundabouts at major access points along Haslingden Road including Shadsworth Road and DW Sports.
As part of the scheme, there will also be a new Link Road created including two new junctions at Roman Road/Newfield Drive and Blackamoor Road, which will open up the area for new development.
Haslingden Road is one of the busiest in Blackburn and the plans to widen the road will ease traffic and boost jobs and business.
The works are part of the £11.56m Growth Deal 3 South East Blackburn project and are now due to be completed by summer 2021. The main contractor working on the project is the Rochdale based Casey Group Limited.
These are much-needed improvements to the area and designed to improve congestion on the Haslingden Road corridor around Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital and Junction 5 of the M65.
When completed, the works will support the development of nearly 650 new homes and over 91,000 square metres of commercial floorspace to be used for business growth and job opportunities in the area.
The Blackamoor Road / Stopes Brow changes are also designed to improve air quality and pedestrian facilities, at a designated Air Quality Management Area.
Traffic will be managed on site by the Casey Group to limit disruption to drivers and pedestrians.
The information portal for the project can be found via https://www.blackburn.gov.uk/index.php/transport-and-travel/transport-and-streets-policies-and-strategies/transport-infrastructure-growth