When complete, the project will increase safety for pedestrians and road users while maintaining Stamford's heritage aesthetic.
On-site works officially started on Tuesday 3rd May and are expected to last until late August (subject to weather and any unforeseen circumstances).
Cllr Richard Davies, executive member for highways, said: "The site compound for the project team is now set-up and works to improve Red Lion Square’s stone cobbles will officially start next week.
“This will be a massive undertaking over the next four months, with the team first removing 620 square metres of current paving and building a new foundation before laying roughly 22,500 new stone setts.
“Once finished, the square’s surface will be far safer, more robust and harder-wearing making it much easier to maintain while staying in keeping with its unique historic aesthetic.”
With work now underway, the following traffic management will be in place over the coming months:
- Sunday 8th May until mid-July
- Full southbound closure of Red Lion Square and St John’s Street with a signed diversion route in place via A6121 West Street, A6121 North Street, A6121 East Street, A1175 Brazenose Lane, A1175 St Leonard’s Street, A1175 Wharf Road, B1081 St Mary’s Hill, B1081 St Mary’s Street, B1081 St John’s Street, Red Lion Square.
- Northbound traffic will remain unaffected
- A full road closure of Red Lion Square and the western end of the High Street will be in place for up to three weeks during the scheme. However, dates and details are still being finalised and will be shared closer to the time.
Cllr Davies added: "To keep disruption to a minimum, we’ve planned the works so that northbound traffic can pass through the square throughout most of the project with only southbound vehicles being diverted.
"There will also be a three-week period later in the scheme when the entire square will need to be closed so the team can safely pave the junction onto the High Street and the area near pedestrian crossing."
“Residents and businesses can rest assured that we’ll be doing all we can to maintain access for pedestrians, shop deliveries and the emergency services throughout the project."
“Eurovia also has a dedicated public liaison officer on-site to answer questions and work with closely with businesses to ensure they experience as little inconvenience as possible."
"With works now underway, I want to thank everyone in advance for bearing with us over the next four months.”
The £1.4m maintenance and repair scheme is being fully funded by Lincolnshire County Council.
For more information about this and other major highways projects, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/majorprojects.