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Roadworks expected as improvements to Sleaford roundabout to start next month – Lincolnshire Live

https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/roundabout-improvement-project-sleaford-council-4868055

Works to transform the Holdingham Roundabout near Sleaford will begin in February the county council has announced.

The ten-month improvement project will see new approach lanes and traffic signals installed, in a bid to improve the flow of traffic in the surrounding area.

It marks the second half of crucial Sleaford highway improvements from the council, after works were completed at the A17/A153 Sleaford Rugby Club junction.

The scheme to improve the two areas is being funded by the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, North Kesteven District Council, Lincolnshire County Council and developer contributions.

Cllr Richard Davies is the executive member for highways, at the county council.

He said: “Holdingham Roundabout is one of the county’s busiest junctions, so there will inevitably be some disruption while we carry out these improvements.

“We expect to have this whole project finished in December, ahead of the Christmas period. However, we’ll be doing everything we can to have them finished sooner – but that will rely on the weather cooperating and us not experiencing any unexpected delays once we break ground.”

“As part of the project, we’ll be working to install additional lanes at each approach to Holdingham Roundabout, along with installing traffic signals at most of the entries onto the roundabout.

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These changes will not only help ease congestion here, but they will also improve safety for everyone using the roundabout.

The much-needed improvements will affect drivers in the area, as 24/7 narrowed lanes, lane closures, and a series of night-time temporary traffic signals will all be utilised to ensure work can progress smoothly.

Motorists can also expect full road and roundabout closures, as and when required.

A temporary 30mph speed limit will also be in place when approaching and exiting the roundabout from all directions throughout the entire project.

The area has often been the scene of lane closures and collisions in the past, so the improvements will be welcomed by many in the local area.

Cllr Richard Wright, Leader of North Kesteven District Council said the project, which costs £8.25 million in total, will be is a huge boost for Sleaford.

He said: “Together with the successful works at the rugby club junction, the Holdingham roundabout scheme is critical to freeing up traffic flows, both for Sleaford and the wider network.

“Not only will this be good for Sleaford, the district and the broader county’s economic position by encouraging people and businesses into the town, but also for enhancing quality of life and environmental gain by relieving congestion which impacts on air quality and people’s use of time.

“Freeing traffic flow is equally beneficial in releasing the full commercial potential of the district council’s new economic growth area at Sleaford Moor Enterprise Park, as well as opening up broader economic regeneration and highways safety aspirations for the town.”

Pat Doody, Chair of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The Holdingham Roundabout upgrade is the second of two key strategic junction improvements in Sleaford supported in 2020/21 by the Greater Lincolnshire LEP which have a critical role to play in unlocking future growth potential in the town.

“Our £1.1m contribution towards this project will enable Sustainable Urban Extension delivery in the area to be realised, ultimately resulting in the creation of over 4,000 new homes.”