Widening work at Spalding junction for 12 weeks

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MOTORISTS can expect up to three months of disruption as junction improvements begin on one of the main routes into Spalding town centre.

From July 8 Lincolnshire County Council highways department is to begin work to widen the junction of Pinchbeck Road and West Elloe Avenue.

The project includes widening of footpaths and cycle paths, a better crossing point for pedestrians and cyclists in West Elloe Avenue and two new pedestrian crossings in Pinchbeck Road.

There will also be new traffic signals and street lighting and wider and longer approach lanes to the junction to improve traffic flow, including a second left turn lane on Pinchbeck Road on the approach to Spalding which will allow HGVs to turn more easily.

Pinchbeck Road drainage problems will also be addressed.

The improvements are expected to take 11 to 12 weeks and during that time drivers will be unable to turn right into and out of Park Road.

The junction will be closed on July 8 while workmen remove the existing traffic lights ahead of the work and then there will be three-way temporary traffic lights for the remainder of the programme. But for the first three weeks, until July 29, there will be just one-way traffic flow into Spalding from Pinchbeck Road to allow work to take place safely near the cemetery.

Access will still be available to southbound traffic only during those three weeks.

The junction could also be closed on other Sundays during the work. Details will be released at a later date.

Area highways manager Jonathan Pearson said: “We’ll do all we can to complete these junction improvements as quickly as possible, keeping motorists on the move and disruption to a minimum.

“Most of the work has been arranged for during the school holidays, when there is less traffic on the roads, so please bear with us.”