Lincolnshire County Council opened a consultation into plans to introduce a one-way traffic system on Brayford Wharf East.
As previously reported, the one-way system is needed to accommodate the footprint of the pedestrian footbridge over the level crossing on the street.
The bridge is meant to reduce waiting times for pedestrians at the level crossing, ahead of longer barrier closures in the coming years, as well as for safety reasons.
Preparation work will start this summer, with completion expected by May 2014. The footbridge will also have lifts for disabled access.
The plans also include work to clear the swan jetty and create a new space for the birds next to the island in Brayford Pool, move the old signal box closer to the water and enlarge the bridge linking up to the university campus.
Network Rail also plans to build a second bridge over the busy High Street level crossing, but the site is more constrained, and designs are taking longer to develop.
To free up the necessary road space for the bridges, it would involve putting in a one-way system for motorists, clockwise northbound along Brayford Wharf East and southbound along the High Street to the junction with Tentercroft Street.
The proposed Brayford Wharf East one-way system would be northbound from the junction with St Mark’s Street to the junction with Brayford Street.
At the northern end of Brayford Wharf East there is no right turn, but it is proposed to revoke this restriction and allow traffic to turn in both ways out of the junction.
A consultation into the one-way system on Brayford Wharf East is now open until June 12, 2013. People can send in their views by email to [email protected].
Alan Aistrup, Head of Highways at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “These proposed changes are needed to enable the construction of a new footbridge that will span the level crossing on Brayford Wharf East.
“This development is part of a wider transport strategy for Lincoln which will significantly reduce delays for motorists and pedestrians alike,” he added.