THE COST of repairs which delayed the full opening of the new A16 has now reached around £5million – with motorists promised that the troubled road will finally open to traffic in a couple of weeks.
Bosses at Lincolnshire County Council say they are on course to open the stretch south of Crowland in “mid-October”, which would finally create a new 14-mile link from Spalding to Peterborough, 14 months after the first part came into use.
The embankment leading up to a new bridge over Car Dyke had to be rebuilt after cracks were discovered last summer, leaving traffic forced to go along the patched up old A1073 through Eye Green.
The county council says that the embankment work is finished and the road has been tested with no further problems.
It was expected the delay would cost about £4million to fix but the final bill will now be about £5million. That cash will initially be paid by the county council, who have vowed to try to recover it from third parties.
Senior project leader Lee Rowley said: “Work has been going at a great pace over the summer to fix the problems.
“The embankment has been rebuilt and drainage and surfacing work is being carried out now.
“We’re confident the issues have been resolved and the equipment installed to monitor movement is indicating no problems.
“The additional cost is in the region of £5million. The authority will endeavour to recover any costs attributable to third parties.”
The council says it cannot give an exact date for the road to reopen because the finishing touches will now depend on the weather.
Mr Rowley added: “If the good weather holds, we’ll still be on target to open in mid October.
“I’m sure people will be looking forward to using a safer road with quicker journey times.”