A MAJOR road improvement project to ease congestion in villages surrounding Uttoxeter is six months ahead of schedule.
The scheme will see improvements to key junctions on the A50-to-Alton corridor, easing traffic flow and improving road safety around Uttoxeter, Rocester and Denstone on routes heading towards Alton Towers.
A new roundabout in Denstone at the junction of the B5031 and B5032 will be installed to replace a t-junction which currently leads to obstructions with larger vehicles.
Work is due to start in Denstone Lane on Tuesday, August 26 and will include night-time closures for three to four weeks from Mondays to Saturdays from 8pm to 7am.
Diversions will be in place via College Road, Alton Road and via Quixhill Lane, on the B5030 Ashbourne Road.
Residents will have access to their properties at all times.
Mark Winnington, county council cabinet member for economy and infrastructure, said: "These works are part of the A50 to Alton corridor improvements and are all part of our aim to increase jobs, growth and connections across the county.
"We know this project will be good for business and our economy and in addition the improvements are welcomed by people living in the area.
"Our crews will be working to minimise any disruption to local residents and businesses and we will continue to keep people up to date with progress.
" I would like to ask drivers to take care when using the diversion and I thank people in advance for their patience while the work is being done."
Staffordshire County Council secured funding for the scheme from the Government's pinch-point fund, which aims to remove bottle necks restricting economic growth.
People can keep up to date with the project at staffordshire.gov.uk/denstoneimprovement or by following the council on twitter @Denstone_Imps.