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A18 road safety improvement update – phase three to complete three weeks ahead of schedule

2:09 pm, Thursday, 24th September 2020 - 4 weeks ago

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Works to install a right turn lane to Utterby on Barton Street will be completed on Friday 2 October as part of phase three A18 road safety improvements in Lincolnshire County Council’s boundary.

The scheme is completing three weeks ahead of the original programme, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and some additional works that needed to be completed.

Commenting on the completion, Councillor Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for environment and transport, said: “It is great to see the A18 improvements continue to progress at pace as we remain three weeks ahead of the original programme dates.

“Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and some additional drainage repairs we carried out for Lincolnshire County Council, ENGIE and the contractor have remained committed to delivering these road safety improvements as quickly and safely as possible.

“We understand the impact traffic management has on the A18 and engineers have worked tirelessly to ensure we can cause the least amount of disruption to residents and businesses. As we continue to plan for the final phase of the scheme, we continue to consider the traffic management impact at each stage and engage with our stakeholders.”

As previously stated, the final phase of the A18 road safety scheme will not be starting until the Toll Bar junction improvements are complete. This will help to keep the local road network moving and reduce disruption to motorists. The final phase of works are due to start early 2021 and will include the construction of a roundabout at the A18/Waltham Road junction.

Phase one remedial works  

On completion of phase one, the council and ENGIE expressed to businesses the shared commitment to continue engaging with them to work to resolve any snagging issues they may experience as they adjust to the new layout. 

As part of the phase one improvements, we installed new kerbing to the entrance of The Willows caravan park. Following discussions with the owners, works will be starting this week to realign the kerbing at the junction to support longer vehicles and motorhomes when exiting the site.

These works have been programmed to take place from 9:30am on Friday 25 September until 3:30pm on Tuesday 29 September. While these works are carried out, three-way temporary traffic lights will be in operation at the junction to allow the works to be carried out safely.

The council and ENGIE would like to confirm that while these temporary traffic lights may have some disruption being in place over the weekend, contractor CR Reynolds will be on site carrying out the works as quickly and safely as possible.

The 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 is available online at Key projects.

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