Roads for growth
Last year residents told us that good roads should be the council’s top priority - here’s what we have lined up for 2017
Millions of pounds are again being spent improving Lincolnshire’s highways, giving existing routes a new lease of life and creating some major new roads.
Cllr Richard Davies, executive member for highways, said: “Lincolnshire’s roads are the arteries of the county - essential to its economic prosperity and quality of life.
“That’s why, despite the tough financial climate, the council continues to make major investments in improving our most important routes.
“These projects take an enormous amount of work, but will make a real difference. Not only will they make it easier for people to get around, they’ll also unlock developments that could add hundreds of millions of pounds to the local economy.”
Here are some of the big projects taking place in 2017:
Lincoln Eastern Bypass
A project 10 years in the planning, the £99m Lincoln Eastern Bypass will start to take shape this year.
The five-mile road will link the A158 Wragby Road roundabout to the A15 at Bracebridge Heath and is projected to cut congestion on some roads in the city centre by 25%.
In addition, it will help unlock housing and economic developments around Lincoln, adding an estimated £600m to the value of the Lincolnshire economy.
The road will take around three years to complete. It follows the recent opening of the £22m East West Link Road, which provides a direct connection from Lincoln High Street to Pelham Bridge, letting traffic bypass the city centre level crossings.
As well as providing an easier route across the city, the road is helping to cut congestion, improve air quality and reduce journey times.
Grantham Southern Relief Road
Work will begin this year on phase two of the £82m Grantham Southern Relief Road, which will involve linking the new route to the A1.
This will be followed by a third phase, joining the B1174 roundabout to the A52, with the project expected to be finished in 2019.
It is anticipated that the road will attract investment into Grantham over the next 20 or 30 years, bringing much-needed homes and employment opportunities for local people.
Peppermint Junction, Holbeach
A £5m improvement scheme at Peppermint Junction in Holbeach will create a new roundabout connecting the A17 and A151, improving safety at this much-used junction and reducing traffic through the town centre.
In addition, a second new roundabout will provide access to land for potential housing and commercial developments on either side of the A151, including an enterprise zone for food businesses.
For further details on these and other major road projects, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/roadworks.