February 7, 2019 11.23 am This story is over 40 months old

Major section of Greetwell Road closed for five weeks

Motorists are being warned about nearly seven miles of diversions

Drivers are being warned that a busy Lincoln road will be closed for five weeks to allow for construction of the new Eastern Bypass.

A section of Greetwell Road, past the mini-roundabout near Wickes, will be closed off and drivers will face nearly seven miles of diversions.

No vehicles will be allowed through while roadworks are in place from 6am on March 4 to 6pm on April 5.

Drivers will be diverted through Outer Circle Road, Bunkers Hill, Hawthorn Road, Croft Lane, Church Lane, Fiskerton Road and back onto Greetwell Road.

A diversion is expected to add nearly seven miles onto some journeys. Photo: Roadworks.org

The 7.5km Lincoln Eastern Bypass will link the A158 Wragby Road roundabout to the A15 at Bracebridge Heath.

As previously reported, the new road has faced some delays a Carillion and a subcontractor collapsed into administration.

Lincolnshire County Council said despite the delays, Lincoln Eastern Bypass is said to be “progressing well” before it opens to motorists in May 2020.

It’s expected to cut congestion in the city centre. It is predicted that traffic on Broadgate will be reduced by 25% when the scheme is completed.

Councillor Richard Davies, executive member for highways, said: “This is fantastic news for the bypass scheme.

“By the end of this five-week closure, underground ducting and drainage will be installed, along with parts of the new roundabout being constructed.

“Our plan is to re-open Greetwell Road at the beginning of April ahead of the Bardney Bridge closure before returning towards the end of July for seven weeks to finish building the roundabout.

“Things are progressing really well on-site at the moment. Not only is the Market Rasen rail line bridge in Greetwell opened to site traffic, but the team is also working hard across the rest of the site.

“They are building the new River Witham Viaduct in Washingborough and the Heighington Road overbridge.”