Drivers are seeing the benefits of a major junction improvement scheme near Scarborough Hospital.
North Yorkshire County Council’s highways team have made improvements to two adjacent junctions; Scalby Road/Woodlands Drive and Scalby Road/Stepney Drive.
It is the third of four major junctions in the £4m scheme aimed at easing congestion and improving safety for pedestrians.
County Councillor Andrew Jenkinson, of the Woodlands division, said: “I am confident that the new-look junctions will work well into the future, coping with the predicted rise in traffic flows and housing expected to be built in the next few years around Scarborough.”
Councillor Liz Colling, representing Falsgrave and Stepney for North Yorkshire County Council and Scarborough Borough Council, added: “I’m delighted with the finished works. We will soon see the benefits of the improved traffic flow for our residents, businesses and visitors.”
Both junctions now have additional approach lanes, with upgraded traffic signals at Woodlands Drive/Scalby Road. New traffic signals are in place at Scalby Road/Stepney Drive, and there is a new pedestrian crossing point across Stepney Drive.
Woodlands Drive has been widened to lengthen the left and right turn lanes at the traffic signals, and the pedestrian crossing island has been improved.
Scalby Road northbound (from the town centre) has an additional traffic lane, plus a new dedicated right hand turn lane for vehicles wishing to turn into Woodland Ravine.
On Stepney Drive, left and right hand turn lanes have been lengthened and a new staggered pedestrian crossing has been installed as part of the new signals.
Both sets of signals are now linked to provide a smooth flow of traffic through both junctions.
Operatives working on site observed Government guidelines on safe social distancing.
County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Access, said: “I would like to thank our highways team for carrying out this essential programme of works during very difficult conditions. Despite lockdown delaying the works starting, we have kept to our optimistic ten-week timescale.
“I urge drivers to pay particular attention to the new road layout on Scalby Road which sees a change to the markings of the northbound lanes, and new traffic light signals. As always, we will monitor the situation and welcome any views.”
The first two phases of the improvements have been completed on the Scalby Road/Manor Road junction, and the Stepney Road/Stepney Drive/Sandybed Lane junction.
Work on the final phase at Stepney Road/Falsgrave Road roundabout is planned to commence next year.
In their original layout, each junction was expected to reach capacity by the end of the Local Plan in 2032.
The County Council and Scarborough Borough Council are working in partnership on the scheme, contributing £150,000 each, with the bulk of the funding coming from the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership, plus developer contributions.