Drivers in south Lincoln may have to endure more traffic chaos when temporary traffic lights are trialled as part of Washingborough Road’s five-month closure from February.
Councillor Richard Davies, executive member for highways at Lincolnshire County Council, has confirmed that when Washingborough Road closes on February 17 the council will trial temporary traffic signals at Heighington Road’s junction with Canwick Hill.
This will cause further disruption for drivers in areas including Bracebridge Heath, Branston, Washingborough, Metheringham and other nearby areas.
Temporary CCTV cameras will be installed at the Branston junction so the council’s traffic team can monitor vehicle numbers.
As previously reported, Washingborough Road will close for at least five months, subject to suitable weather, from the entrance of the Anglian Water compound in the west to the rail bridge just past the bypass site. This is to allow for the construction of the final new Lincoln Eastern Bypass roundabout.
The signed diversion route for non-HGVs remains via Church Hill/Canwick Road/Sheep Wash Lane/Branston Road/Station Road/B1188 Lincoln Road, and vice versa.
The diversion route for HGVs will be via B1188/Lincoln Road to B1202 to B1190, and vice versa.
Councillor Davies said: “Although this isn’t the official diversion route, a number of local people have been in touch about this and we want to do everything we can to minimise disruption for them while Washingborough Road is closed.
“Once in place, we will monitor their impact on traffic flows and modify or remove them if they’re not having the desired effect.
“We will also be installing temporary CCTV cameras at the Branston junction so our traffic team can monitor vehicle numbers and tweak the timing of the signals if necessary.”
The council has said that the road is expected to re-open again in July, with the completed bypass set to open in the autumn.
Meanwhile, Hawthorn Road in Lincoln was closed on Monday, January 27 as work continues at a major location of the £120 million Eastern Bypass project.
Heighington Road is expected to re-open on Friday, January 31, subject to suitable weather conditions.