Transport

The new £3.5m footbridge project in Grimsby is well underway as construction starts on the bridge, and it will be ready in just two months.

Work started on the Garth Lane footbridge before Christmas and it is expected to be in position over the River Freshney by the end of March.

It is hoped that by the end of January, fabrication work will finish at the North Yorkshire premises of specialist contractors SH Structures.

This will prompt a move to a paint workshop in Scunthorpe before making the final journey to Grimsby at the end of the project.

The bridge will be painted in blue, white and ochre colours.

It has been designed for pedestrian use and will span over 30 metres once in place, complimenting a whole new revamped look for the area.

Works to revamp the area over the River Freshney have begun. | Photo: North East Lincolnshire Council

New paving will be in place near the bridge, decorated with a turbine pattern to reflect the offshore wind sector in Grimsby.

As well as this, the fish benches carved from the felled willow tree will be put in the area, as well as new landscaping and lighting.

As part of the works, a one-lane closure of Frederick Ward Way will take place, lasting up to five weeks.

With the old footbridge removed, the diversion route remains in place for pedestrians via Alexandra Road.

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A driver who crashed their car into a central reservation in Lincoln, causing it to flip onto its side, was nowhere to be found in the vehicle.

Police were called to the incident on Broadgate at around 3.15am on Monday morning, when a silver Nissan collided with the central reservation as the driver was heading uphill.

The crash caused the car to lose control and roll onto its side, but when emergency services arrived at the scene, the driver was not there.

Police looked for the driver but could not find them.

Eyewitnesses are speculating that a homeless man who saw the crash helped the driver out of the vehicle, but this has not been confirmed.

The crash caused the road to be momentarily closed in the early hours of the morning, before reopening a lane at 4.50am.

A spokesperson for Lincolnshire Police said: “We have not located the driver, so are not aware of any injuries.”

Works to repair and resurface Pelham Bridge in Lincoln are set to last over two months this summer.

Exact dates will be announced in due course, but work is expected to take place between June and August 2021, lasting nine weeks.

The bridge, opened by the Queen herself in 1958, will have the expansion joints replaced, as well as being resurfaced and a new course of water-proofing installed.

A new barrier will be installed between the footpath and the road on the bridge to keep pedestrians safe.

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The work has been a long time coming, originally planned to take place in January with a single lane closure in each direction.

As plans for this project were being finalised, the council discovered that the bridge could not run effectively and safely alongside works taking place.

The reason for the project’s rescheduling is to reduce disruption for divers, as well as to complete the work as quick as possible.

During the works, northbound traffic will be diverted along the East West Link Road and Tentercroft Street to cross University Bridge, and use Newland and Wigford Way to rejoin Melville Street.

As for southbound traffic, the diversion route will be vice versa to northbound, and pedestrians will be directed to the High Street to cross at the level crossing.

Lincoln streets during lockdown. Photo: Joshua Bell

This will also temporarily disable the Tidal Flow system on Canwick Road, directly south of the bridge.

The middle lane will be closed here, both for safety and smoothness of traffic flow.

Cllr Richard Davies, executive member for highways at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “When it became clear that we couldn’t complete the necessary works with just one lane closure, we looked for a time when traffic would likely be lightest across Pelham Bridge.

“Thankfully, the newly opened Eastern Bypass is taking traffic away from this route already, and will provide an alternative option for many during the bridge closure.

“The bridge is also much less busy during school summer holidays.

“There’s no doubt that Pelham Bridge is one of the busiest routes in Lincoln, and we appreciate that this closure will have a significant impact on traffic, but the bridge hasn’t been re-waterproofed since it was built over 60 years ago.

“This work is essential to make sure that water and salt can’t get into the joints of the bridge and weaken the structure.”

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