Work to start on ‘dangerous’ Caistor to Brigg road

A long awaited speed reduction and work to improve safety on one of the area’s accident hot spots will get underway next week.

A pedestrian crossing will be installed at Brigg Road near the Caistor Lakes site EMN-210315-145117001

Work on the A1084 Caistor to Brigg road will start on Monday, March 22, and will be done in two phases.

The scheme isexpected to last for 15 weeks, Monday to Friday, subject to suitable weather, and will involve diversions and night time closures, from 7pm to 6am.

Karen Cassar, assistant director – Highways at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “This stretch of road is an accident hotspot, with 11 collisions resulting in injury taking place over the past five years.

“Using the funding we were awarded from central government’s Safer Roads Fund, we’ll be carrying out major improvements to the A1084 starting next month to increase safety along this dangerous stretch of road.

“As part of the project, we’ll be digging up two and a half miles of road and using 15,000 tonnes of tarmac and other materials to fully rebuild it – leading to smoother and safer journeys for drivers.

“We’ll also be upgrading skid resistance; installing rumble strips; building a pedestrian crossing, layby and footway near Caistor Lakes Leisure Park on the A1084 Brigg Road; and implementing new speed limits.”

After already having been out for consultation and agreed by the relevant council committee, the speed limit changes will be made this summer.

The speed limit will be reduced to 50mph for the whole road between Caistor and Brigg, with the 40mph zone extended out of Caistor.

There will also be a new 40mph zone in the Grasby area of the road, something long campaigned for by the late county and district councillor Lewis Strange.

Speaking in May 2019, Coun Strange said: “At the county council meeting, I spoke (as amember of that committee) and secured approval to allow a speed limit reductionto40mph, ontheA1084aboveGrasby at the dangerous crossroads.

“This being after the government rel ea sed funding for this road, as identified as being one of Lincolnshire’s three most dangerous roads.

“This speed reduction at Caistor follows apetition to full council last May, and the sterling efforts of all on Grasby Parish Council.”

The first phase of the work will run until April 24 and will see road reconstruction work between Brigg and Bigby

The second phase, from April 26 to July 3, will include road reconstruction work between Bigby and Searby, and on two sections of the A1084 in Caistor, between Caistor Lakes Leisure Park and East High Street, and at the A1084/A1173/A46 junction.

Diversions will be in place.

Ms Cassar added: “Because this is such a big project, there will inevitably be some disruption. We will do our best to keep this to a minimum, including carrying the works out overnight to keep people moving in the day and maintaining access for residents throughout the project.”