Thornbridge delays cause double major Lincoln car park closures
Repair works at Thornbridge car park in Lincoln have been delayed by the recent cold weather, meaning two city centre car parks will be closed as of next week.
Due to the extreme weather conditions, including snow and below-zero temperatures, contractors have not been able to lay a waterproof membrane which has set the project back.
The City of Lincoln Council, who own the car park, are working with contractor Lindum Construction to try and minimise the extra time needed to complete the resurfacing project.
Lucy Tower car park is set to close on Monday, as £1.1 million repair works begin.
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The council has considered delaying the closure on Lucy Tower car park on Monday, but following consultations with engineering experts have been advised not to put the works back.
Steve Bird, assistant director of community and street scene at the City Council, said: "It is a serious under statement to say that it is very disappointing that the snow has delayed completion, but we are working hard with the contractors to look at ways we can finish Thornbridge as soon as possible.
"The original plans phased works on our car parks to ensure that they weren't closed at the same time, but the extreme weather, has caused us an unexpected problem.
"Following meetings with structural engineers and contractors, we have very reluctantly had to accept that we now have no choice but to close both car parks at the same time.
"We appreciate this is an inconvenience and apologise for having to have both sites closed at once, but trust that people will understand the problem caused by the weather, and that we have no choice.
"We have tried to schedule works at a time to cause the least impact, accepting that there is no good time to close a car park, and now been caught out by things that are beyond our control. It is just very unfortunate the snow came at this crucial stage of the works.
"We can only apologise for this delay in reopening the car park, but want to assure people we are doing everything in our power to get this site finished as soon as possible.".
Thornbridge was closed in February as part of a £400,000 project to resurface areas of the car park which can become damaged.
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