Essential repairs on Lincoln's Pelham Bridge start on Monday 7 June

Pelham Bridge Closure

Repair works to extend the life of Pelham Bridge will start on Monday 7 June 2021 and will last around ten weeks.

Pelham Bridge will close to all traffic and pedestrians late on Sunday evening (6 June), and remain closed whilst work takes place.

Drivers are advised to use the Lincoln Eastern Bypass, and other alternative routes, as much as possible.

The official diversion during the works will be along the East West Link Road and Tentercroft Street to cross University Bridge and use Newland and Wigford Way to rejoin Melville Street, and vice versa.

Pedestrians will be directed to the High Street to cross the train tracks at the level crossing.

The bridge will have its expansion joints replaced, have a new course of water-proofing installed, and be resurfaced.

A new barrier will also be installed between the footpath and the road on the bridge to keep pedestrians safe. This is the largest project to take place on the bridge since it was first opened in 1958

Lincoln Transport Hub – the bus and train stations and associated car parking – will be accessible throughout the works using the diversion. Please check your bus route before you travel.

The tidal flow system on Canwick Road directly south of the bridge will be temporarily disabled, and the middle lane closed; for both safety and to smooth the flow of traffic along the alternative routes.

Karen Cassar, assistant director for highways at Lincolnshire County Council, said:

"There's no doubt that Pelham Bridge is one of the busiest routes in Lincoln, and we appreciate that these works will have a significant impact on traffic to and from the city centre.

"However, this work is essential to make sure that water and salt can't get into the joints of the bridge and weaken the structure. The bridge hasn't been re-waterproofed since it was built over 60 years ago.

"To help reduce impact on the city's traffic, we've waited to start work until the Lincoln Eastern Bypass was open, and we're carrying it out largely over the summer holidays when traffic over the bridge is much lighter."

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Published: 4th June 2021