Essential repair works to extend the life of Lincoln’s Pelham Bridge are set to take place between June and August this year.
Works will last around nine weeks and the bridge will have its expansion joints replaced, have a new course of water-proofing installed and be resurfaced.
Additionally, a new barrier will be installed between the footpath and the road to keep pedestrians safe.
Works were originally set to begin this month with a single-lane closure in each direction however it was decided that works could not be done effectively and safely whist the bridge remained open.
With the works rescheduled, drivers will experience less of a disruption and the works are set to be completed much faster than previously anticipated.
During the works, northbound traffic will be diverted along the East West Link Road and Tentercroft Street to cross University Bridge and use Newland and Wigford Way to re-join Melville Street.
Pedestrians will be directed to the High Street to cross the train tracks at the level crossing.
The Tidal Flow system on Canwick Road directly south of the bridge will be temporarily disabled, and the middle lane closed; for both safety and to smooth the flow of traffic along the alternative routes.
Cllr Richard Davies, executive member for highways at Lincolnshire County Council, said:
“When it became clear that we couldn’t complete the necessary works with just one lane closure, we looked for a time when traffic would likely be lightest across Pelham Bridge.
“Thankfully, the newly opened Eastern Bypass is taking traffic away from this route already, and will provide an alternative option for many during the bridge closure.
“The bridge is also much less busy during school summer holidays.
“There’s no doubt that Pelham Bridge is one of the busiest routes in Lincoln, and we appreciate that this closure will have a significant impact on traffic, but the bridge hasn’t been re-waterproofed since it was built over 60 years ago.
“This work is essential to make sure that water and salt can’t get into the joints of the bridge and weaken the structure.”
Exact dates for the project will be announced in due course.