BULLDOZERS move into Chester on Monday, leaving the city under construction for the first weeks of 2008.
Hoole Bridge, Mill Lane in Upton and the A54 at Kelsall will all see major roadworks begin on Monday, with knock-on delays for motorists.
A five-month project to strengthen Hoole Bridge starts on Monday, when engineers begin filling in railway arches near Chester Station.
Network Rail’s Keith Lumley said: “The work starting this week won’t make any difference to traffic flow because it involves three bridge spans that need strengthening by in-filling the bridge arches with hardcore.
“We will not need any lane closures until February 11 when the bridge will be closed for 8-12 weeks and the road surface will be stripped off entirely and the bridge spans replaced.”
From Monday most spaces at Chester Station car park will be closed to house construction facilities during the works, which are expected to last until May.
The car park closure comes as thousands of rail passengers travelling to and from Chester this week experienced long journeys and replacement bus routes due to delays in engineering work at Rugby.
The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) is investigating the disruption to West Coast Main Line services over New Year.
Virgin Trains has announced that reduced fares will be available on all trains next Monday and Tuesday.
Mill Lane in Upton will be closed to cars from Monday until January 31 between Liverpool Road and Egerton Drive for resurfacing work and the installation of a zebra crossing by the Bache shops.
Cheshire County Council spokeswoman Shirley Wingfield said: “We asked the store- holders whether they would prefer the works to be done before or after Christmas, and they said after.
“We will be maintaining access to the shops through a side road and there will be diversions in place.”
Also beginning on Monday will be Cheshire County Council’s £1.75m road maintenance scheme on the A54 Chester Road Kelsall Bypass and the A556 Chester Road, Sandiway.
Nearly two miles of the A54 Kelsall Bypass will be resurfaced on both carriageways between its Kelsall Road junction and the east end of the dual carriageway near Morreys Lane.
The bypass will remain open throughout the five-week programme but drivers can expect lane closures and contraflow traffic systems.
Major resurfacing and long-term strengthening work lasting 12 weeks will also begin on Monday on the A556 Chester Road between the A49/A556 Oakmere Crossroads and the Round Tower in Sandiway.