Businesses say 12 month roadworks will be worth the disruption
Businesses in North Hykeham believe the 12 months of road works starting next month will be worth the disruption.
For the duration of the £3.2m project the road will be closed to traffic going eastbound from the new Teal Park roundabout to the junction with Station Road with temporary traffic lights at times between Station Road and Doddington Road.
But Steve Mitchell, MD at Lincat Ltd, said the work was necessary and the improvements would make the road safer.
He said: "It’s going to cause a certain amount of disruption but it is necessary because there are no cycle paths along the road.
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"We have delivery vehicles coming in and out at all times of the day here and there’s nothing we can do to change that as you can’t make vehicles leave at different times so it will cause difficulties.
"When the work was happening at Teal Park we had some disruption then but you just have to get on with it.
"To make improvements you have to put up with the pain unfortunately."
Sam Bradley who works at the Pride of Lincoln said he thought the majority of traffic would come down the main road so he said he wasn't majorly concerned.
He added: “The improvements to the road will definitely outweigh the disadvantages.”
The changes are being made to improve access to the A46, the Energy from Waste site, Teal Park and Kingsley Road Business Park.
Lincolnshire County Council has said the new road will benefit from a wider road surface and a combined footpath and cyclepath on either side of the road.
Dave East from Lincolnshire Vintage Vehicle Society said his only concern was that the museum usually had hundreds of visitors on open days in November and at Easter so he hoped the disruption wouldn't affect that.
Lucy Fairweather, Duty Manager at Total Fitness, said that although it would take people longer to get to them she didn't believe it would affect the company too much.
She added: “When Teal Park was being done there were road works along there but it didn’t affect us too badly."
Plans also include low-energy LED street lights, a roundabout at the junction with Station Road and two toucan crossings near the Whisby Road junction with Station Road to allow pedestrians and cyclists to cross the road safely.
A new traffic light system at the Whisby Road junction with Doddington Road will, acording to the council, reduce motorists waiting times by up to 20 per cent.