LINCOLN HIGHWAYS UPDATE March 2015

Lincoln E/W Link - Updates

Demolition of properties along Tentercroft Street is now complete with the exception of the former Gadsby's building, where the brick by brick dismantling continues in order to maximise the reuse of the existing bricks, lintels and the like. We have installed temporary bridges over the Sincil Drain for use by pedestrians and to divert utility services, and we have begun road widening and created a new carpark entrance on Tentercroft Street. Meanwhile work has continued in the former coal yard and drainage and service diversions have been taking place in Cross Street. Progress to date has been good and we are largely on programme for an autumn 16 completion.

 

Canwick Road South Park to Hall Drive (Local Pinchpoint Fund) - Updates

Work continues to progress well, we have been fortunate so far to not lose a single day to bad weather and we have now completed the almost all of the works involving excavation and service diversions. This means that the construction is now "out of the ground" therefore the risks of further unforeseen issues are largely eliminated. After Easter we will be embarking on a fairly intense period of round the clock working involving nigh time road closures to ensure we remain on target for completion by the end of May. Inevitably the works continue to cause some delays to traffic but on the whole the level of disruption has been somewhat less than originally anticipated. The traffic management arrangements continue to be kept under constant review and progressive tweaks in subsequent weeks have reduced delays to what we consider are acceptable. As the work continues to progresses we hope to be able to make further revisions that will reduce delays even further.

 

High Street Footbridge

The Traffic Management arrangement s to facilitate the construction of High Street Footbridge affecting road users was installed over the weekend of the 7th/8th March and Network rail began erecting site hoardings the following day.

The main construction phases are now underway and long term changes to the road layout in the vicinity are now in place. The changes have been designed to reduce the number of turning movements at some junctions, simplifying the phases of traffic signal operations and prioritising movements at others by increasing the amount of "green time" to compensate for the predicted traffic flows. These changes have proven very effective and are having a minimal impact on movement around the area.

In order for the part demolition of 179 High Street (formerly the Sleep Shop), and to construct the new footbridge over the railway it is necessary to fence off the footpath on the west side of High Street. Due to the extremely high level of pedestrian use in this area, for safety reasons has been necessary to close High Street northbound, between St Mark Street and Wigford Way for the duration of the works.

Traffic is being diverted along St Mark Street onto Brayford Wharf East and back onto Wigford Way. Traffic wishing to travel southbound onto High Street will turn left from St Mary’s Street and traffic from Wigford Way is diverted around the island car park (formerly the Grand Hotel) to also turn left into High Street (By preventing right turns into High Street and stopping the northbound flow, the movements at the junction are simplified and the number of “signal phases” reduced, significantly minimising the time between green lights.

With good progress being made on the East – West Link road and the start of construction on the new footbridge, the planned transformation of this area of Lincoln has become a reality. The layout of streets and how we use them are changing and will ultimately bring significant benefits to the area and to the city as a whole. We ask for your understanding whilst these works are underway.

 

Lincoln Eastern Bypass

Following the decision in July 2014 of the Secretary of State to not confirm the Orders for the scheme, Orders were republished in October 2014.

As a result of the Department for Transport receiving a significant number of objections, the Department has indicated that a Public Inquiry will be required. The date for the Inquiry has been set to commence on 11th August 2015 at the Doubletree by Hilton on the Brayford. A Pre Inquiry Meeting has been arranged at the Epic Centre on the 18th May, commencing at 2pm.

The scheme is being progressed as a single carriageway under the current funding arrangements.

It is hoped that, subject to a successful outcome on the Orders, construction could start in summer 2016.

 

Major Infrastructure Schemes - Communications Strategy

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A Aistrup 25th March 2015

Network Rail Presentation

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