A FIVE-month project near a busy roundabout on the edge of Bradford is set to start. 

Kirklees Council has revealed work will start at the Bradford Road junction which leads on to Chain Bar roundabout on April 29. 

The council and National Highways are working together on what they describe as the "road improvement scheme".

The 22-week work will include adding a lane to the carriageway - increasing the existing carriageway from two lanes to three - as well as creating a crossing area for pedestrians and the installation of new street lighting.

The council has warned drivers of disruption as a result of "variations in road closures and traffic management as the development progresses through different stages".

People can keep up-to-date with the work and diversions by visiting one.network.

David Shepherd, strategic director for growth and regeneration at the authority, said: "We understand that this is a lengthy disruption and with it comes additional congestion, but the upgrade, once complete, will reduce congestion, improve safety and create more reliable journeys, implementing a long-term positive impact on traffic management flow in and around the area.

"I would like to thank everyone in advance who may be affected by the road closures for their patience and understanding while these important works are carried out."

According to the council, the first two weeks of work are planned to take place overnight to "help to minimise initial traffic disruption", with lane closures from 8pm until 6am Monday to Friday while Northern Powergrid lays new cables to support the carriageway widening.

From May 21, BT will access the area for two weeks and introduce 24-hour lane closures.

Following this, the remaining carriageway widening will be carried out and all work is expected to be completed towards the end of September.

A council spokesperson said: "Any noisy operational work should be completed by midnight - and weekend work is not expected but is possible if at any point the programme is unexpectedly delayed.

"If this happens, advance notice will be given to residents and businesses in the area.

"Digital signs will be in place in advance of the works starting, displaying details of important information. Signed diversion routes for traffic will be in place."

According to the Council, the main diversion route will follow Bradford Road, the A58 Whitehall Road, the A641 Huddersfield Road, Odsal roundabout, Cleckheaton Road, Bradford Road.