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A18 road safety improvement update

10:00 am, Wednesday, 2nd September 2020 - 2 months ago

General

Works are continuing to install a right turn lane to Utterby on Barton Street as part of the phase three improvements in Lincolnshire County Council’s boundary.

Following previously announced drainage issues and discussions with Lincolnshire County Council (LCC), a plan of works to resolve the issue has been agreed and will be funded by LCC.

To repair the drainage issues on Barton Street, engineers are required to introduce a road closure. This will be in place at the junction of the A18 Barton Street/Lincoln Gate junction to the junction near Utterby Primary Academy from 7am on Monday 14 September until 6am on Friday 18 September. The main route of the A18 will remain open to all traffic while the works are taking place and a diversion route along Pear Tree Lane will be signed.

Following the drainage repairs, a second closure will be required to complete the phase three improvements and allow the carriageway resurfacing to take place. This will start from 7am on Monday 21 September until 6am on Friday 26 September, between Salters Lane and Livesey Road on the A18.

As advised during previous phases, HGV traffic is encouraged to not use the A18 when road closures are in operation and are encouraged to use a signed alternate A16 diversion route.

Advanced warning signs will be installed on site and a signed diversion route will be in place. Emergency and resident access will be maintained at all times during the works.

Councillor Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for environment and transport, said: “It was always our intention to avoid any works taking place at the same time as Toll Bar roundabout which could cause conflict. This phase of the A18 improvements are taking place within the boundary of Lincolnshire County Council and therefore, we should not see a major impact on the flow of traffic in North East Lincolnshire. We will not be starting phase four of the A18 improvements until the completion of the Toll Bar junction works.

“We must remember these works are critical to ensure the safety of all road users and I would like to personally thank road users, residents and businesses for their continued support while we carry out these improvements.

“ENGIE and CR Reynolds are fully aware of the impact traffic management has on the A18 and have been working hard to make sure improvements can be completed with minimal disruption. Their efforts have kept us well ahead of the original programme, even with these drainage issues, by utilising additional workforce where possible and, as we have done during phase two works, use materials that allow us to shorten the length of works, without comprising quality.”

North East Lincolnshire Council’s regeneration partner, ENGIE, are managing and overseeing the £2.8m road safety improvements, with contractor, CR Reynolds, carrying out the works.

More information about the £2.8m A18 road safety improvements are available online at www.nelincs.gov.uk/key-projects.

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