LANE restrictions and road closures will be put in place when the latest improvements to key roads in Bromsgrove get under way on Monday, July 20.
The work being carried out by Worcestershire County Council will see the A38 northbound exit at Junction 1 of the M42 and the southbound approach to the roundabout also widended.
There will also be a new service road for properties facing the A38 southbound carriageway to offer better access to properties.
The works are part of the wider A38 Bromsgrove Improvement scheme, which has already seen improvements made at Barley Mow Lane and work started last month on improvements to junction 4 of the M5.
Coun Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, said: “This is an extremely busy area of the town, so these changes are much needed to improve traffic flow on to and off the island.”
He added the works – being delivered in partnership with Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership and Highways England – would complement the improvements undertaken at the M5 junction.
Highways England regional director Catherine Brookes said: “The improvements to this busy M42 junction are good news for drivers, for local communities and businesses. Highways England’s Growth and Housing Fund budget is aimed at helping local communities unlock plans for future housing and to create better journey times and generate jobs.
“The investment in this junction will do just that and will help drive the local economy as well as improving traffic flow and easing the congestion there.”
Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “It is great to see further work on the A38 improvements getting under way.
“Work on both the M5 and now M42 will ease congestion to these popular routes providing businesses, residents and visitors with quicker, more reliable transport times around Worcestershire.
“This will make a big difference for commuters and will enable the county to be better connected as a result.”
The works are set for completion in spring 2021.