Traffic management will begin at the Mayfield Road junction after work began this week on the junction upgrade.
On Monday April 18 four-way temporary traffic signals will be put in place but will not operate during Bank Holidays , during the Tour de Yorkshire and the majority of weekends.
The junction upgrade involves a new junction layout and the installation of an up-to-date intelligent signalling system to improve traffic flow and significantly increase pedestrian safety.
The new traffic control equipment will have capabilities to detect vehicle queues and pedestrians. In addition, new traffic islands will be built for pedestrians to cross more safely.
All the pedestrian crossing places will be brought within the control of the junction traffic lights to ensure safer and coordinated pedestrian facilities.
“It is good to see that work has started,” said County Councillor Joe Plant, local member for Whitby. “We are very pleased to be able to undertake this programme now.
“There is an overriding need to improve traffic flow at Mayfield Road junction and the upgrade is long overdue.
“Though no time is ideal to undertake important works at such a busy junction, the scheme has been brought forward for completion before the height of the summer tourist season.
“Every effort is being made to keep disruption to a minimum.”
The works are programmed to last approximately 12 weeks.
The majority of the work will take place during the day between the hours of 7am and 7pm, Monday to Friday.
Weekend working, it is said, will be largely avoided to minimise disruption to the town’s weekend tourism.
Towards the end of the project, a small amount of work will take place overnight for resurfacing and road marking.