Preliminary surveys planned ahead of major 2024 Lincoln road improvements

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Four weeks of drainage and utility surveys will be carried out starting mid-July.

These preliminary works will start on Monday 17 July for up to four weeks under a series of daytime and night-time temporary traffic signals as needed. These works will start at Wigford Way and up Newland, gradually moving towards Carholme Road.

Cllr Richard Davies, executive member for highways, said: “We’re currently in the early planning stages of a major resurfacing and maintenance project for Newland and Carholme Road in Lincoln, which is due to start next spring.

“These early works will involve topographical surveys and ground penetration radar surveys to locate underground utilities. Without these surveys, the chance of encountering unexpected utilities that need to be diverted when we start next spring would be much, much higher.

“We’ll also be carrying out drainage investigations while on site to better understand the current condition of the drainage system.

The main improvements are expected to begin in spring 2024 and will be carried out in two phases. The whole project is expected to take up to seven months to complete.

Exact dates, times and traffic management details are still being finalised for the spring 2024 works and will be shared closer to the time. However, below is a preliminary overview of what the works will likely involve (subject to change).

Phase 1

  • Phase one is expected to last four months starting in spring 2024. This phase will take place between Wigford Way and The Avenue. The improvements will include the daytime refurbishment of two sets of traffic signals (at the Lucy Tower Street/Newland junction and at the Carholme Road/Brayford Way junction near The Horse & Groom). Other improvements will include daytime drainage, kerb and footway repairs/maintenance and night-time road resurfacing.
  • Daytime traffic management will likely be lane closures. No road closures are expected in the day.

Phase 2

  • The final three months of drainage and resurfacing works will take place along Carholme Road up to the golf club.
  • Traffic management for this phase is still being planned and will rely on the results of the preliminary surveys taking place in July. However, the resurfacing works are expected to take place overnight under a series of road closures (details still being confirmed).

Please note that advanced notice of any night-time road closures will be provided to residents and businesses directly via letter or postcard, along with roadside signage being in place at least two weeks beforehand.

Cllr Davies added: “These four weeks of surveys will no doubt cause some disruption to those travelling in and around Lincoln, so I want to thank everyone in advance for their patience and also want to encourage people to leave extra time for their journeys.

“Once the surveys are carried out, our team will factor the findings into their final engineering designs so that the main works can be planned as efficiently as possible.”

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Published: 30th June 2023