Lincolnites are facing nine weeks of traffic jams and disruptions, as the second phase of road works will begin on Tritton Road, one of the busiest in the city.
From September 20 work on the Doddington Road and Sainsbury’s entrance junctions will be carried out simultaneously.
Works near the Skellingthorpe Road junction will start in mid-October. Completion of all three junctions is expected by mid-November.
The Doddington junction will include layout changes to solve the problem of vehicles wishing to go straight on having to queue behind vehicles waiting to turn right.
A new Pelican crossing will also be installed across Tritton Road, and old traffic signals will be replaced.
Doddington Road (East) will need to be closed, and three-way lights will operate controlling traffic on Tritton Road and Doddington Road (West).
Major work at the Sainsbury’s entrance will require right turn prohibitions in and out of the store, with alternative access via Moorland Way.
Moorland Ave will also be closed at the Tritton Road end, to make a safer right turn into Sainsbury’s with improved signals and road layout, and a new Toucan crossing.
There will also be a new traffic signal camera which will supply real-time travel information and monitor traffic flow.
The Skellingthorpe Road scheme will also extend the inside lane to help counter the queuing problem.
This road-widening would increase the capacity of the road, creating a better traffic flow. This will be carried out under a lane closure and stop-go signs.
For the greater good
Dave Underwood, Senior Highways Officer at Lincolnshire County Council, says “a significant level of disruption will be required”.
“This is an exciting project which will bring many benefits to shoppers, motorists, pedestrians and cyclists, and ultimately much-improve this part of our network.”
“Motorists are advised to plan ahead, allow extra time for their journeys, and consider the alternatives routes of the bypass and Newark Road.”
“Some road closures will inevitably be required but we will keep Tritton Road open with traffic management in operation controlling the traffic.”
The first phase of the project was carried out in May, and created over six weeks of disruption at the Moorland Way junction.
The whole project is estimated to cost £0.5 million, and most of the bill is footed by Sainsbury’s, as part of their planning application to expand the store.