A KEY Blackpool road will partially close to traffic next month to enable a big revamp to go ahead.
Highfield Road in South Shore will be open to one-way traffic only as work begins to resurface the carriageway and improve parking.
Kerbs, footpaths and bus stops will also be improved.
The first stage of the 16 week programme will begin on July 23 with changes to the lay-by on Lytham Road, north of Harrowside.
But from August 6 Highfield Road will be made one-way westbound between Abbey Road and Lytham Road to enable the kerbing works to be carried out.
The temporary one-way system will remain in force for the full duration of the work.
Once the kerbs and footways have been completed, the resurfacing work will be done.
Coun Doug Green, ward councillor for Squires Gate which includes the improvement area, said: “The work is taking 16 weeks because it will be done in sections in order to minimise the impact on businesses.
“We want this area to continue as a vibrant commercial area so we are trying to work both with the businesses in order to make improvements for them, while making it better for residents also.
“The plan includes deepening the parking bays on Highfield Road so traffic can pass more easily, which means taking out some of the pavement but they are quite wide anyway.”
Business owners have been consulted.
John Cole, of Cole’s Jewellers on Highfield Road, said: “We have got concerns because it is a 16 week project.
“However, it is impossible to do the work without causing massive disruption and when it is all done the road will look really good, and in the long term it will be of massive benefit.
“The road surface is terrible at the moment so something does need doing.”
The resurfacing of the carriageway will be carried out as part of the council’s Project 30 to repair all the town’s roads.