Lincolnshire County Council will start in February 2018 a £2 million scheme to improve traffic flow along sections of Outer Circle Road and Wragby Road — one of the most congested junction areas in Lincoln.
Over six months, longer lanes will be created along Outer Circle Road on the approach to Wragby Road.
The Wragby Road carriageway between Wolsey Way and Outer Circle Road will also be widened to accommodate four lanes: two westbound and two eastbound.
Richard Davies, Executive Councillor for Highways and Transport, said: “In its current state, queues on Outer Circle Road can sometimes stretch down past Greetwell Road during peak times.
“Improving traffic flow is key, so, as part of the project, we’ll be widening the carriageway between Wolsey Way and Outer Circle Road to four lanes and increasing lane lengths on Outer Circle Road.
“We’ll also be widening footways, adding pedestrian crossings and constructing a new southbound bus stop on Outer Circle Road at the Carlton Centre.”
Other improvements include full carriageway reconstruction on Wragby Road, Outer Circle Road, Outer Circle Drive and Wolsey Way, along with construction of an additional eastbound lane on Wragby Road past Wolsey Way.
Cllr Davies added: “The benefits of the scheme will be seen almost immediately after the works are finished, but even more so once the Lincoln Eastern Bypass is complete during winter 2019.
“We realise that this is a major route for residents and commuters, so when work starts, we will closely monitor progress to ensure that the contractor remains on programme and carries the improvements out in a sensible and productive manner.
“This is to ensure that the road network continues to run as smoothly as possible throughout the project. However, there will inevitably be disruption once work starts, so we ask those affected to bear with us and remain patient.”
How the works will affect traffic in the area:
- Access from Wolsey Way to Wragby Road/Bunkers Hill will be closed for the duration of the project. For residents, access to Wolsey Way will be via the B1182 Nettleham Road. As part of this, traffic signal timings will be altered to reflect the increased use for residents on Glebe Park.
- A right-turn ban in and out of Deacon Road from Outer Circle Road will be in place for a period of up to four weeks. The diversion route will be signed via Bishop’s Road.
- Narrowed lane widths on Outer Circle Road and Wragby Road for the duration of the works.
- For a number of weekends during the works, a left-turn ban from Wragby Road onto Outer Circle Road will be in place from Friday night at 8pm to 5am on Monday only. Advance signage will be in place two weeks beforehand, and the diversion route will be signed via Greetwell Road.
- Towards the end of the scheme, Wragby Road, Outer Circle Road, Outer Circle Drive and Wolsey Way will be closed overnight for four weeks (only one section in any one night). Working hours will be from 8pm to 5am nightly.
Signed diversions will be in place during the works and additional information will be available closer to the time.