Start date set for Canwick Road upgrade works

The £4.5 million scheme to upgrade Canwick Road in Lincoln will begin on January 5, 2015, with disruptions expected for motorists in the south of the city.

As previously reported, Lincolnshire County Council awarded the contract for the Canwick Road improvements scheme to Eurovia Infrastructure Ltd, to ease congestion in the south of the city.

Evaluation work began on December 8, with full completion expected by May 2015.

From January 5, work will begin to provide an additional southbound lane on Canwick Road, along with a series of improvements at the junctions with South Park Avenue and Washingborough Road.

Canwick road works begin on January 5, 2015. Map: LCC

Canwick road works begin on January 5, 2015. Map: LCC

In addition, an old railway culvert near the junction with South Park Avenue will be converted into a new subway for pedestrians, cyclists and horse-riders, improving safety.

Traffic restrictions

From January 5 there will be lane restrictions in place on Canwick Road and South Park Avenue.

Right turn bans will be in force from Canwick Road onto Washingborough Road and from South Park Avenue onto Canwick Road.

The right turn in to South Park will also be restricted for the duration of the work. Diversion routes will be signposted.

Lincolnshire County Council say that the first week of construction works are expected to cause particular delays as existing traffic islands are removed to make way for longer term traffic management systems.

The widening of the lanes on the approaches to South Park Avenue junction will require the removal of three of the overhead signal gantries that control the “tidal flow” system along Canwick Road.

As this system is dependent on the full system being online it will be switched off during the works.

Alternate control measures will be put into effect and the council will replace outdated control systems during this time.

Richard Davies, Executive Councillor for Highways and Transport, said: “The Canwick Road scheme will greatly improve traffic flow in and around Lincoln, benefiting residents, commuters and businesses alike.

“These long-term gains will inevitably come at the cost of some short-term disruption, but we’ll do our best to keep this to a minimum, and will provide up-to-date information to help you plan your journeys.

“That said, we strongly recommend that drivers seek alternative routes, vary their normal journey time or use public transport during the works.”