A17 Sutton Bridge works: 'Use other routes where possible' - advise highways officers
Motorists are being encouraged to use alternative routes wherever possible in a bid to reduce congestion on the A17 as major work begins on Monday (September 30).
Temporary three-way traffic lights will be put in place at the Cross Keys Bridge at Sutton Bridge as a £100,000 refurbishment project gets under way to resurface the bridge.
No full closures are planned but motorists are being advised to use the A47 and A1101 wherever possible, in a bid to reduce jams at the bridge.
Karen Cassar, assistant director for highways at Lincolnshire County Council, said: "The bridge has suffered a lot of wear and tear since it was last resurfaced around 10 years ago and it's vital we repair it.
"Unfortunately, this isn't as straightforward as resurfacing a regular road – swing bridges require specialist techniques and materials.
"We expect the repairs to take around four weeks to complete, but this will depend on the weather.
"This is an important route for the county, and there will inevitably be some disruption, so we would ask motorists to be patient, to leave additional time for their journeys and use alternative routes where possible."
The bridge will remain operational for marine traffic throughout the project.
Stagecoach Buses has issued a new, temporary timetable for its 505 Spalding to King's Lynn service to minimise delays during the works.
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