MAJOR safety works to improve an accident-plagued part of the A38 are set to start next week.
The Highways Agency has revealed that it will be putting in place a raft of measures in a bid to drastically improve safety at the A38/A5127 Streethay junction.
This comes after a long campaign calling for change, which came about after several incidents along the road - the most recent of which saw a man killed as he walked his dog close to the junction and a man from Barton under Needwood killed at the junction more than a decade ago.
The work involves extending the hatched chevron markings on the northbound merging lane and improving signage on both the A38 and the northbound entry slip road from the A5127.
Highways Agency project manager Jess Kenny said: “The change in road markings and the new signs will improve safety by raising awareness of merging traffic from the A5127.
“In order to carry out the work safely a number of restrictions will be in place so we advise road users to allow extra time for their journeys.”
If an accident takes place at the junction, it often causes traffic chaos along the road, including as far back as the Branston junction.
The northbound entry slip road from the A5127 to the A38 will be closed for seven nights from Tuesday, April 22.
Traffic will be diverted along the A5192 Cappers Lane and the A38 southbound as far as the London Road roundabout where it can turn around and join the northbound carriageway.
In addition the A38 northbound will be reduced to one lane and temporary traffic lights in operation once traffic flows are significantly low.
All work takes place from Monday to Friday, 8pm to 6am each night.
These latest improvements come on the back of the Mail reporting that a campaign to improve safety on the stretch of the A38 between Branston and Barton under Needwood had been given the green light.