An old pond has been blamed for a major roadworks scheme in Poulton falling almost two months behind schedule.
Contractors are building a new road through Hardhorn Road car park, running between The Elk pub on Hardhorn Road and Poulton Bridge Club on Blackpool Old Road.
But the county council today admitted the work, being carried out as part of the multi-million pound Booths development, is seven weeks behind schedule after being challenged by The Gazette.
The work should have been completed by October 9 but is now scheduled to be finished by the end of November.
Highways engineer Vicky Twist said: “The link road is now complete, but we experienced considerable delays as a result of deeper excavations being needed to remove the remains of a pond before being able to build the foundation of the road.
“This had to be done very carefully to avoid damaging a gas main which would not have been affected by the construction depth of the original proposals and added around seven weeks to the schedule.
“The work to improve pedestrian facilities, bus stops and parking is now progressing well, and is now due to be completed by the end of November due to the earlier delays.”
The new road will allow northbound traffic to turn left from Hardhorn Road and travel on to Blackpool Old Road and Queensway.
The work is aimed at reducing traffic congestion around the town centre and improving air quality on Chapel Street, which is subject to a dedicated programme to tackle pollution.
It will also improve access to Teanlowe car park, the new Booths store which is due to open in November and businesses in and close to the town centre.
Poulton councillor Peter Gibson said: “It has affected the town.
“Once you start digging up concrete you find things you didn’t know were there.
“They are making progress now but it has taken an awful long time.”
Blackpool Old Road was due to open yesterday, while Hardhorn Road is expected to close from next Monday, October 26, as the project progresses, the council said.