Cold weather delays roadworks near mosque and supermarket site in Lincoln
Cold weather has delayed the start of roadworks near the site earmarked for a supermarket and mosque for a second time.
The project was due to start earlier this week after being postponed from January.
Now, engineers are poised to resume as soon as possible, weather permitting.
The work will last 10 weeks and will create two lanes on the left of Boultham Park Road for northbound traffic.
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There will also be a wider lane in Dixon Street to make it easier for buses to turn the corner into Boultham Park Road.
Better pedestrian crossing facilities are also included, to meet the planning conditions linked to the old dairy development.
The roadworks had been due to start a month ago but were postponed after heavy snow.
A total of £250,000 is being spent on the works, including £74,500 from developer Lincolnshire Co-operative.
Throughout the project, there will be no right turn from Dixon Street into Boultham Park Road South. Access north of the crossroads will be via Coulson Road and Boultham Avenue.
Paul Coathup, assistant director for highways and transportation, said: "Over the next few weeks, we will be widening Boultham Park Road and carrying out other maintenance work such as resurfacing, repainting road markings and upgrading the existing lighting. The work will reduce travel times and will make significant improvement to traffic flow within the city."
Meanwhile, the Islamic Association of Lincoln has been asking building firms for estimates.
Trustee Dr Tanweer Ahmed said: "The mosque project is moving forward. We are talking with the local authorities and we are getting estimates from building companies.
"The road improvements must be done before anything can happen on the site.
"The supermarket will come first and then our project.
"We are hoping to make a start within the next 12 months and it expected to take 6 months to build. The estimated cost is about £900,000.
"We have some funding, not the full funding at the moment, but we expect that in a year's time we will have enough to start work."
The two-storey mosque will be open to the community.
Planning officers at the City of Lincoln Council are working through various planning conditions with Lidl so that the supermarket chain can make a start in the "near future".
The supermarket scheme also has full planning permission and a housing scheme has been approved in principle.
The mosque and the supermarket will be accessed from Dixon Street and the housing from Boultham Park Road.
Overall, there will be about 140 car parking spaces on the site.