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Friday 3rd July 2020

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A SECTION of a new multi-million pound bypass is to come into use this week.

Traffic will start using a section on the A590 High and Low Newton bypass on Friday.

All traffic will be transferred on to the northbound carriageway for about one kilometre near the Oak Head Road junction via a contraflow.

This will allow the southbound carriageway of the new road to be completed where it will join the existing A590.

The speed limit will be reduced to 30mph in some locations and temporary traffic lights will be in use at certain times.

This stage of work is expected to take about six weeks to complete.

Graham Dakin, Highways Agency project manager, said: “This is a significant point in the building of the bypass. I would ask drivers to take extra care when they approach this work, especially as it will involve a contraflow and a speed limit of 40mph dropping to 30mph in some locations.

“Traffic lights will also be in operation for limited periods.

“We are making these arrangements to ensure the safety of road users and contractors working on the scheme.”

The £35.2m four kilometre long dual carriageway is expected to be opened in the spring of next year.

Access will be maintained to properties in the area.

Further changes to the road layout will be announced in due course.

The old A590 will not be used for trunk road traffic again on this section.

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