More traffic chaos for Lincoln with partial closure of Pelham Bridge

Essential repairs needed to Pelham Bridge will mean a closure of 1 lane in each direction for an estimated 5 months from January 2021 if the works get approval by councillors.

Under the plans that have been submitted for approval at the Transport Scrutiny Committee on 9 March 2020, a new barrier will be installed between the footpath and the road to aid pedestrian safety; the expansion joints will be replaced, a new course of water-proofing installed and be resurfaced.

If given the go-ahead works will begin in January 2021 and will be due to finish in early May.  During the works, traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction; as well as the footpath being closed for some of the duration.

Karen Cassar, assistant director for highways said, “This work is essential to make sure that water and salt can’t get into the joints of the bridge and weaken the structure. The bridge hasn’t been re-waterproofed since it was built over 60 years ago.

“There’s no doubt that Pelham Bridge is one of the busiest routes in Lincoln, and we appreciate that closing even just one lane will have a significant impact on traffic to and from the city centre.”

“By the time work starts, drivers will be able to use the Lincoln Eastern Bypass, which will provide more options and should reduce some of the traffic having to cross Pelham Bridge.”