Traffic restrictions at Horns Bridge roundabout in Chesterfield have been lifted – four weeks earlier than expected.
Groundworks at the island started on Monday, July 14 ahead of a controversial £300,000 sculpture being placed there at the end of the month – causing misery for drivers.
Chesterfield Borough Council asked contractors Killingley to speed up work in light of public anger.
Councillor John Burrows, the council’s leader and executive member for regeneration, said: “I’d like to thank Killingley for working extra hours and working at the weekends to allow the work in preparing Horns Bridge island for the sculpture to be carried out quickly.
“This has meant that the restrictions were able to be lifted after four weeks. Although essential for the safety of workers, I am aware that the traffic management has caused delays for motorists entering and leaving Chesterfield and I, like they, are pleased they are able to be lifted.”
The sculpture will be delivered to the site over the last weekend of August. It is hoped this can be carried out without the need for more traffic restrictions, though this will depend on the advice of Derbyshire County Council.
The sculpture, called Growth, by local artist Melanie Jackson, will feature a wheel to symbolise the town’s strong industrial heritage.
A spokesman for the council said: “The design was chosen by residents and members of the Chesterfield Champions business community in a consultation last year.
“The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and by Barratt Homes.
“The funding can only be used to make environmental improvements to install public art at key sites and entry points to the town centre and cannot be used to fund any other council service.”