Timescale released for works on the A180 Cleethorpe Road flyover in Grimsby

Cleethorpe Road flyover, in Grimsby, where works are to be carried out (file photo)
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An 'indicative' timeframe has been released for the main works on Cleethorpe Road flyover with the aim for traffic management to be lifted for Armed Forces weekend at the end of June.

North East Lincolnshire Council is currently carrying out a maintenance scheme on three bridges along the A180 in Grimsby to ensure they are "fit to serve for the next 20 years". Work began on Gilbey Road flyover in February, with a final stretch needed to complete it starting next week, including resurfacing, replacing the expansion joints, fixing drainage gullies and installing road markings.

This will be done over extended night closures from Tuesday, May 28, and will see the road fully closed from Westgate roundabout to Pyewipe roundabout between 8pm and 6am each night for up to two weeks.

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Meanwhile, the main bridge deck works will start at Cleethorpe Road flyover and traffic management installed between Lockhill roundabout and Riby Square from Thursday, May 30. A complete closure will be required that night to install a contraflow on the bridge.

From Friday, May 31, traffic will be funnelled into the contraflow on the westbound carriageway "in a similar way to how Gilbey Bridge worked", with the approach roads from each side funnelling into a single carriageway to filter into the contraflow.

The work itself will begin on the eastbound side first, followed by the westbound.

The indicative timescale for the works at Cleethorpe Road flyover released by the council is as follows:

  • Thursday, May 30: Bridge closed completely overnight to install the contraflow

  • Friday, May 31: Works begin on the eastbound carriageway

  • By June 27: The aim is for works to be completed to the eastbound carriageway and traffic management lifted for Armed Forces Weekend.

  • July 1-2: The bridge will be closed completely for a time to re-install the contraflow for westbound carriageway works.

The remainder of July will then see the westbound carriageway works carried out. The council says the dates in late June and early July are "indicative" and "will depend on weather and progress on site".

Cllr Stewart Swinburn, Cabinet member for highways, said: “We need to make sure that these key structures over the main arterial route into and out of our borough are fit to serve for the next 20 years. The traffic has increased phenomenally since they were originally built, and we need to make sure that they’re able to serve our local economy and local people.

“These are critical elements of our highway system in North East Lincolnshire. If these fail, there would be significant impacts, both economically in terms of the amount of trade that use the route, but also for local people going about their everyday lives.”

The works to the structures are being funded mainly through a grant from Government after it recognised the strategic and economic importance of the bridges to North East Lincolnshire. They are being carried out by VSL on behalf of the council.

The locations for planned work on the A180 bridges in Grimsby
The locations for planned work on the A180 bridges in Grimsby -Credit:North East Lincolnshire Council

Detailed traffic management information for Cleethorpe Road flyover works

During the works to the EASTBOUND carriageway (May 31 to end of June)

Eastbound traffic will be diverted onto the westbound side of the bridge.

Flour Square on-slip and Riby Square off-slip will be closed on the north side of the bridge. Access to businesses on the north side of the bridge and the port is from Lockhill Roundabout. HGVs must also use Lockhill Road to access the port.

The short section of Freeman St between Strand St and the A180 will be partially closed. Traffic will be able to turn left from the Westbound direction only into Freeman Street. Eastbound traffic should find alternative routes.

Cleethorpe Road outside Telegraph House will also be accessible from the Westbound direction only.

During the works to the WESTBOUND carriageway (July for approximately 4 weeks)

Westbound traffic will be diverted onto the eastbound side of the bridge.

Riby Square off-slip will be available to eastbound traffic. HGVs can use Riby Square to access the port as well as Lockhill Roundabout. Flour Square on-slip will be closed for safety.

Additionally, the short section of Freeman Street between Strand St and the A180 will be closed completely to traffic heading both north and southbound. This is to make the area near the works safe.

This means that there will be no entry available to Freeman Street from either side during this phase. Visitors to Freeman Street and Cleethorpe Road outside Telegraph House should use alternative routes.

Public transport

During the works, the bus stops in the vicinity will be suspended and buses diverted locally.

Pedestrian access

Alongside these works, the footbridge over the railway that runs underneath Cleethorpe Road Bridge has been closed. During surveys for the work to the road, it was found that this footbridge needs work to make it safer for pedestrians to use.

We are working through options to do this work, which are likely to involve traffic management (likely to be under traffic lights) on Railway Place, between the end of Cleethorpe Road (the road that passes in front of Telegraph House), and just beyond the other side of the bridge.

Level access between the town centre and Cleethorpe Road is available via Pasture Street.