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Congestion-busting improvements to Wragby Road junctions planned for early next year

22 December 2017

The £2m improvement scheme, which will ease congestion in the area by increasing capacity and improving traffic flow along sections of Outer Circle Road and Wragby Road, will start in February 2018 and last for six months.

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As part of the project, longer lanes will be created along Outer Circle Road on the approach to Wragby Road. In addition, the Wragby Road carriageway between Wolsey Way and Outer Circle Road would be widened to accommodate four lanes - two westbound and two eastbound.

Cllr Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways and Transport, said: “In its current state, queues on Outer Circle Road can sometimes stretch down past Greetwell Road during peak times. In fact, the Outer Circle Road, Wragby Road and Wolsey Way junctions are currently one of the most congested junction areas in Lincoln.

“Improving traffic flow is key, so, as part of the project, we’ll be widening the carriageway between Wolsey Way and Outer Circle Road to four lanes and increasing lane lengths on Outer Circle Road. We’ll also be widening footways, adding pedestrian crossings and constructing a new southbound bus stop on Outer Circle Road at the Carlton Centre.

Other improvements include full carriageway reconstruction on Wragby Road, Outer Circle Road, Outer Circle Drive and Wolsey Way, along with construction of an additional eastbound lane on Wragby Road past Wolsey Way.

Cllr Davies added: “The benefits of the scheme will be seen almost immediately after the works are finished, but even more so once the Lincoln Eastern Bypass is complete during winter 2019.

“We realise that this is a major route for residents and commuters, so when work starts, we will closely monitor progress to ensure that the contractor remains on programme and carries the improvements out in a sensible and productive manner. This is to ensure that the road network continues to run as smoothly as possible throughout the project. However, there will inevitably be disruption once work starts, so we ask those affected to bear with us and remain patient.

The Wragby Road improvement project is being funded using part of the £5.4m allocated to the authority by the Department of Transport (DfT) from its National Productivity Investment Fund. The money was awarded to help reduce congestion at key locations, upgrade or improve the maintenance of local highway assets, improve access to employment and housing, and develop economic and job creation opportunities.

For up-to-date information about this and other major highways projects, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/majorprojects.

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