Here we go again! Misery for motorists as roadworks impact on Boston

A diversion sign for the Sluice Bridge works
A diversion sign for the Sluice Bridge works

Gridlocked roads are causing yet more misery for motorists with ongoing works affecting key routes in Boston.

Disgruntled drivers have faced trips of longer than an hour just to get across town - with congestion extending beyond rush hours.

Sluice Bridge, Argyle Street and Fydell Street are shut to through traffic until Monday, July 7. Norfolk Street is also closed from the Witham Place junction - except for Tattershall Road traffic.

This weekend, July 5-6, Tattershall Road will shut at the Norfolk Street/Sluice Bridge junction.

The closures allow work to the drains and pedestrian crossings, while National Grid will replace gas mains.

Boston mayor Coun Alison Austin had already written to the county council about the issue following an accident on the A16 last month.

She wants diversion signs to be put in place further afield to help longer distance traffic avoid the town.

She said: “This is the situation we have in the town with having to get across bridges - if one bridge is closed it will undoubtedly have an effect.

“I’m not sure if there is a best time to carry out utility and road works - but people should stay informed and take avoiding action where possible.”

Fed up motorists voiced their anger via our Facebook page. Steve Crump wrote: “It took me well over an hour to get from the roundabout at Tesco to the roundabout down from McDonalds.” Mean while Kirsty Walker commented on Saturday: “An hour and 20 mins to get from Kirton to Asda today! It’s barmy.”

On Twitter, Claire O’Callaghan wrote: “Why don’t we get a sign saying Boston closed? We can’t get anywhere! This is a joke! Took me an hour to get across town.”

Andy Wharff, area highways manager at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “I’m sorry that people have been stuck in delays recently but we’re trying to limit congestion as much as possible.

“We’ve coordinated our work with the utility companies to limit the number of road closures in the town, and we’ve tried to structure our work to keep traffic flowing as well as possible.

“Before we started the resurfacing of Sluice Bridge for instance, we made sure all four lanes were open on John Adams Way, and we’ve also opened up Main Ridge East to one-way traffic too.

“We’ll continue to work with our partners to try and fund a distributor road. This ambition is set down within Boston’s Transport Strategy and we’re working to deliver this as soon as possible.

“We have already completed a lot of the strategy’s short to medium term objectives, which are all geared towards improving the road network and reducing congestion, and we’re now focusing on the long-term elements of the strategy.”