Disruption at Horns Bridge roundabout is expected to last until the end of August as a controversial sculpture is installed, council chiefs have confirmed.
Work began yesterday to build the £300,000 sculpture on the island at the busy gateway to Chesterfield.
A number of lanes around the roundabout have been closed and the traffic lights switched off – causing traffic misery at busy times.
A spokesman for Chesterfield Borough Council today said: “The roadworks are likely to be in place for six weeks, although the county council may vary the restrictions as necessary during the project.”
Councillor John Burrows, the borough council’s leader and executive member for regeneration, said: “It is exciting that we are now beginning the work on transforming Horns Bridge but disappointing that this will affect road users – please plan your journey ahead and allow some extra time, particularly during busy periods.”
The sculpture, by local artist Melanie Jackson, features a wheel to symbolise the town’s strong industrial heritage.
It will be put in place in September and the overall project is due to be finished by the end of the year.
The council spokesman added: “The project has been funded by the European Regional Development Fund and 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.”