Traffic queueing in the Birmingham city centre roadworks
Motorists face yet more congestion when £14 million of works on the heavily-congested Birmingham city centre ring road begins.
The works at Bordesley Circus, Haden Circus and Curzon Circle are designed to improve road layouts and increase traffic flows once completed.
Works start next month with the removal of trees and bushes on the roadsides ahead of full construction work in April. Most of the construction will be carried out at off-peak times to avoid rush hour chaos.
Further improvements are planned for Holloway Circus and Ashted Circus next year.
City transport chief coun Tahir Ali said: "Improvement to the ring road is vital to Birmingham's transport network. This important programme will not only reduce congestion, but will also support continued economic development and growth in the city and wider region."
He said that a condition of the Department for Transport funding was that the work is carried out quickly - or else the city risks having the cash withdrawn.
"However, I can assure the travelling public that these improvements will be delivered with the minimum of disruption to daily life."
Confirmation of the works comes as city motorists are already reeling from a string of major road closures and repair works on main commuter routes - including the M6 between junctions 5 and 8, and Paradise Circus in the city centre.
Council roads contractor Amey has also confirmed that strengthing works to the bridge on Thimble Mill Lane in Aston will begin on March 1.
The lane, where Amey's road works depot is based, will be closed between Cheston Road and Lynton Road for up to 15 weeks for the repair works.
Ian Robinson, Amey operations manager, said: "We understand that there are a lot of highways works currently taking place across the city so we are doing all we can to co-ordinate with other schemes and reduce the risk of disruption caused by these essential works."