Planning continues on the final phase of improvements to the A18, 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.
Following the recent bad weather and colder temperatures, the provisional start date of early February was postponed. The final phase of works will now start on Monday 10 May.
As engineers entered the final planning stages, monitoring the deteriorating weather conditions and colder temperatures, the likelihood of additional delays and disruption caused by the weather was increasing. Postponing the works for better weather conditions was deemed as the most appropriate and less disruptive route forward, while also providing an opportunity to shorten the duration of the works.
Councillor Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for environment and transport, said: “I appreciate the added disruption delaying the start of these works will cause and understand the frustrations of not starting projects during quieter periods on our roads.
“Engineers have considered all the options and worked to progress these works as swiftly as possible. Considering all the options, the only way forward is to delay the start on site, allowing for better weather conditions to ensure we can push on smoothly with this final stage, with a possible opportunity to speed up the programme of works, subject to the weather conditions and contractor.
“We have engaged with businesses affected by the programme of road safety improvements throughout the scheme and continue to do so. They have been very supporting and adaptive, and I’d like to personally thank them for their support and perseverance.”
As previously reported, 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 take four months to complete.
The A18 road safety improvements are being 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.