Brigg is facing the short term pain of roadworks before the long term gain of a new pedestrian crossing on the A18, a replacement road surface and new cycle lanes.
North Lincolnshire Council, our local highway authority, says work will start on Bridge Street on Tuesday (May 3) and is scheduled to last four weeks.
Roadside advisory boards (example seen above) have been erected on Bridge Street and adjoining Ancholme Way to give advance warning to drivers using this busy route.
However, Brigg Town Council's latest meeting, which we attended, heard much more detail about what's coming up.
This information came from Coun Rob Waltham, the unitary authority's leader, and Coun Carl Sherwood, who is the cabinet member with responsibility for rural areas.
The new pedestrian crossing will be installed on the A18 close to the cul-de-sac section of Bridge Street which begins near the Yarborough Hunt.
It will have a traffic island in the middle to assist pedestrians.
Road surface replacement along Bridge Street and cycle lane provision will also be undertaken.
Evening and overnight work has been written into the project specifications to help minimise the effects of roadworks.
Temporary traffic lights will be of the 'on demand' type and not time-controlled.
This will reduce delays for motorists on the main road if no vehicles are waiting to exit side streets.
Forester Street, Kiln Lane and the cul-de-sac section of Bridge Street all join the A18 in this part of the town (seen in one of our pictures above).
Advisory letters have been sent to addresses in this area.
During the Town Council meeting, reference was made to a zebra crossing on Bridge Street which was removed 30-or-so years ago before North Lincolnshire Council was established.
Brigg Blog has dipped into its archive and managed to locate a picture of this crossing in the early 1970s (see below).
It was taken two decades before Humberside County Council's inner relief road by-pass and the Ancholme Way Bridge were installed to re-route the A18 away from the town centre, turning the eastern section of Bridge Street into a vehicular cul-de-sac as far as the County Bridge.
Brigg has waited a long time to get a crossing restored in this area of town.
Pedestrian use of Bridge Street is bound to increase once building work is completed on the large Falcon housing estate and nearby Brocklesby Court apartments which are currently taking shape.
|Bridge Street, Brigg, in the early 1970s when it still had a pedestrian crossing of the zebra type with accompanying Belisha beacons.|