The final phase of improvements to the A18 are set to start on Monday 1 February 2021, with the construction of a roundabout at the Waltham Road junction to replace the existing T junction.
The decision to install a roundabout has been made to reduce the number of accidents at this location, to slow the flow of traffic and to make oncoming vehicles more visible to those at the junction.
To allow these works to be carried out safely, a road closure will be in place from the A18/A46 roundabout to the Ashby Hill roundabout on the A18. A closure will also be in place restricting access from Barnoldby Le Beck to the A18. The works are planned to be completed in May 2021.
Access for residents will be maintained and directly affected businesses will be engaged with to discuss access requirements.
HGVs will not be able to access the A18 during the closure and will be diverted to use the A46/A16.
Councillor Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for environment and transport, said: “I understand the impact road closures on the A18 have on local businesses and residents. We’ve co-ordinated these works to take place with minimal disruption, predominantly to not coincide with the Toll Bar improvements.
“During this phase, alterations to the road level will be made. With this taking place, it would not be safe to allow the workforce to be working below the height of a live carriageway. All options for traffic management have been considered and a road closure is the only safe option to carry out these works.
“As we enter the final stage of the A18 programme, I would like to thank residents and businesses for their understanding while we’ve carried out this £2.8m road safety improvement programme on this key stretch of road that has been all about making the road a safer place for everyone that uses it.
“The project team will spend the weeks ahead, before starting on site, liaising with businesses and residents to make sure these works can be carried out in the safest and most efficient way possible.”
Residents and businesses with queries and concerns regarding access can email the project team at [email protected]. All comments will be considered, but the preferred and safest option of a road closure will not be changed.
The works will be managed and overseen by the council’s regeneration partner, ENGIE, with contractor, CR Reynolds, continuing to carry out the improvements.
North East Lincolnshire Council, ENGIE and CR Reynolds will continue to work closely to minimise disruption to residents and businesses but would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Keep up to date with roadworks across the area at www.nelincs.gov.uk/roadworks.