More works at Spalding bridge

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MOTORISTS are facing a weeks of misery as roadworks start across the district.

Yet more work is due to begin at Spalding’s West Elloe Bridge on Monday.

The bridge, known locally as Twin Bridges, was closed for months at the end of last year while work was done to waterproof and strengthen the north bridge and upgrade the south bridge parapets to cater for cyclists.

Now a £25,000 scheme to refurbish the traffic lights at the Bridge will take a further two weeks.

The work has been commissioned by the county council and will be carried out by contractors May Gurney and Peak.

The project, which was scheduled to take 11 weeks to complete, was hit by delays before it had even begun.

Originally, work should have got under way on May 4 but it was put off to avoid a clash with Spalding Flower Parade.

An extension to the tender period then pushed work back further, before workmen finally moved on the site on July 19.

The junction was closed to traffic on the north bridge until November 11, when it finally opened as a single lane.

Work was then done to upgrade the parapets on the southern bridge to cater for cyclists.

Wet weather and water main works had been the cause of earlier delays.

Lincolnshire County Council was criticised by motorists, residents and business owners over the time it took to reopen the road.

Speaking about the latest work a county council spokesman said: “We understand that the bridge will not be closed during the work and we will have temporary traffic lights in place.”

He was unable to comment on why the latest scheme was not carried out at the same time as the previous works.

l Work on a new traffic calming scheme on the A151 through Whaplode and Moulton is due to start on Monday, February 21 and is expected to take five weeks.

l A new “smart” traffic light system will be installed at the Market Hill junction in Holbeach from Monday, February 21. See page 16 for more details.