Drivers in the centre of Lincoln will face 12 weeks of road closures and diversions due to refurbishment of the bridge over the River Witham.
As previously reported, the bridge between Dixon Way and Witham Court, will be closed for 12 weeks from Monday, July 23.
However the council warned the project could take longer than expected depending on the level of deterioration found.
The bridge will be closed to traffic for the duration of the project to allow the repairs to be carried out safely.
Traffic will be diverted via Tritton Road, Ropewalk, St. Mark Street and High Street.
Boultham Avenue will also be closed to vehicles between Gresley Drive and Riverside Path to prevent ‘rat-running’ traffic overwhelming this alternative route.
However, access for pedestrians and cyclists will be available at all times.
The path alongside the River Witham will also remain open.
Works will include:
- The replacement of the concrete on the underside of the structure
- Renewal of the waterproofing on the bridge deck
- Reconstruction of the carriageway over the bridge and resurfacing of the carriageway between Dixon Way and the High Street
- An upgrade to the pedestrian crossing next to the bridge
Senior engineer Andy Antcliff said: “The bridge is in poor condition and needs a lot of work. By taking action now, we can stop it deteriorating further. If we just leave it, we would eventually need a new bridge, which would be a far more costly and disruptive project.
“We realise this is a busy route, so we’ll be doing as much of the work as we can during the school holidays, when traffic is much lighter.
“And the team will be working extended hours during evenings and weekends to get it done as quickly as possible.
“However, despite our best efforts, there will inevitably be some disruption and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.”