A158 Burgh le Marsh Bypass
The A158 Burgh le Marsh Bypass opened to traffic in November 2007.
The bypass forms part of an overall scheme to improve journey time along the A158 to the coastal resorts on Lincolnshire’s East Coast.
The road runs from the eastern end of the dual carriageway at Gunby to a new roundabout near Sycamore Lakes to the east of Burgh le Marsh and took 14 months to complete.
It was constructed to modern standards with a 7.3m wide carriageway and 1m wide hardstrips and is approximately 5.7km long. Total cost of the scheme was £13.7million.
The Bypass has alleviated Burgh le Marsh from heavy through traffic, improved the overall quality of life for residents and enhanced the character and attractiveness of the settlement which includes a Conservation Area.
It has also had a positive influence on the tourist industry and encourages economic growth and regeneration in the coastal and rural parts of Lincolnshire through better accessibility.
The scheme was included in Lincolnshire County Council’s 2006 - 2011 Local Transport Plan and the route for the bypass was chosen after extensive public consultations and exhibitions. Planning permission for the scheme was obtained in October 2004.
An environmental statement was prepared to support the planning application for the new road which identified the environmental implications of the route and, where necessary, set out measures to be introduced to mitigate against environmental impacts.
Compulsory Purchase and Side Road Orders were published in October 2004, the resultant Public Inquiry was held in July 2005. A major scheme business case was submitted to the Department for Transport in December 2005 but a decision on progressing the scheme was deferred pending the outcome of the Regional Funding Allocations for the East Midlands Assembly.
Initially, it appeared that construction of the scheme would proceed in 2008 but extensive lobbying by the county council and the state of readiness of the scheme was successful in achieving an immediate start of construction at the end of 2006. Financial approval for the scheme to proceed was received in July 2006. The legal orders for the scheme were subsequently confirmed.