MONTHS of disruption are about to begin as Marine Drive is turned into a one-way street.
From tomorrow a 300-metre section of the busy route will be cut down to one lane, with lights controlling traffic flow.
This system will be in place on week days until the end of October.
Then on weekends, starting from Saturday, and also during school holidays, the single lane will become entirely one way, with traffic only travelling from south to north.
The moves are part of a two-year, £40 million project by Yorkshire Water to improve bathing water at the town’s beaches.
The utility firm is installing a massive underground storm storage tank at the Toll House Pumping Station in Marine Drive.
With a capacity to hold four million litres, the cylindrical tank is aimed at helping the town’s water system cope with extra demand during periods of heavy rainfall.
The entire project is due to be completed by April 2014. However, before then motorists will be faced with a full closure of Marine Drive on two occasions in the winter months. The one-way system will then be reinstated in spring and summer 2013, with further full or partial closures expected in late 2013/early 2014.
Claire Glavina, part of Yorkshire Water’s community engagement team, said: “We aren’t talking about the full length of Marine Drive here, it’s just a short stretch of about 300 metres.
“When the one-way system is in place on weekends, and during school holidays, traffic will still be able to drive in both directions along the majority of the drive.
“Those travelling from north to south will just reach a point where they will have to turn round.”
A temporary roundabout will be constructed at the start of the works to allow traffic to turn around.
Work has been ongoing at the Toll House since March this year.
So far contractors have fixed netting to the cliffs to prevent rockfall, cleared the site including the crushing of old sea defence blocks, completed site investigations and moved the kerb while installing a disabled access ramp.
They were also able to re-schedule works to enable both lanes to remain open over the recent bank holiday weekend.
The next steps by workers will see fencing at the Toll House taken down, and the surrounding wall removed before hoardings will start to go up around the site.
Marine Drive will remain open to pedestrians throughout the project.