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Sutton Bridge A17 works: 'Lessons learned' after trial work at Cross Keys Bridge ahead of major project




It's hoped that delays to motorists on the A17 at Sutton Bridge will be kept to a minimum as essential work gets under way.

Traffic was reduced to one lane on Wednesday (September 4) for two days at the Cross Keys Bridge - the only direct link from Lincolnshire to Norfolk.

This was for resurfacing trial work ahead of a major project scheduled for the end of this month.

Traffic was reduced to a single lane for two days from Wednesday at the Cross Keys Bridge in Sutton Bridge.
Traffic was reduced to a single lane for two days from Wednesday at the Cross Keys Bridge in Sutton Bridge.

Fresh resurfacing needs to be carried out on the historic swing bridge, which is showing signs of wear and tear.

While there were complaints on social media on Wednesday evening of long delays, by Thursday traffic appeared to be moving more easily.

Stagecoach buses tweeted on Wednesday evening: 'The 505 service is experiencing delays of up to 30 minutes due to the traffic signals at Sutton Bridge. Please be patient folks, we will get to you as soon as we can and apologise for the delays.'

But speaking late Thursday morning, county and district councillor for Sutton Bridge, Chris Brewis, said: "I am rather pleased with how it has been going. I have asked them (the council) to be adaptable and leave the green on for longer and it has been working."

District councillor Michael Booth, also for Sutton Bridge, added that he believed traffic was moving well on Thursday.

A spokesperson for Lincolnshire County Council's Highways Department, said: "The surfacing trial went well and we'll be monitoring the test patches over the coming weeks, while we prepare for the main works.

"We did have to make some adjustments to the traffic management, including manually changing the timings of the lights as the flow of vehicles varied over the course of the day.

Traffic pictured on Thursday in Sutton Bridge, controlled by the three-way traffic lights
Traffic pictured on Thursday in Sutton Bridge, controlled by the three-way traffic lights

"Early on, it also became apparent that drivers exiting Sutton Bridge were ignoring the give way signs and so we had to switch to three-way traffic lights.

"Inevitably there will still be significant disruption during the main works, but we have learned some valuable lessons over the two days."

"Our contractor is now firming up the arrangements for the main works and we hope to be able to provide further details in the near future."

Three-way lights controlling the traffic in Sutton Bridge on Thursday. (16220671)
Three-way lights controlling the traffic in Sutton Bridge on Thursday. (16220671)
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