Spalding Western Relief Road overspend gets £8million grant
A Government grant for more than £8million will be used to help fund an over spend of the Spalding Western Relief Road.
Preliminary work has already started on the Lincolnshire County Council and South Holland District Council project to create the 6.75km road.
A report to the county's overview and scrutiny committee stated that there is a £8.133m overspend on the relief road project.
Homes England has now stumped up an additional £8million to help cover the cost of this overspend in project costs.
The county council's assistant director of highways Karen Cassar has welcomed the funding.
She said: "As part of its detailed design, we identified that the costs for certain elements of the north section, including its embankment, might be higher than our original estimates.
"However, Homes England has provided us with up to an additional £8m grant allocation from its Housing Infrastructure Fund to cover these.
"We are also carrying out value engineering exercises to bring these costs down."
The report to the overview and scrutinycommitteestates that the completion of the detailed design of the scheme has resulted in a significant increase in construction costs since the planning stage.
It also states that the requirement for construction traffic access to further land has also increased costs.
Archaeologists have started a 16-week project to look at the medieval and roman history of the town as part of the preparation works for the relief road.
The team has uncovered a dog burial, evidence of salt making along with some pottery during the early stages of the project.
A team of 10 archaeologists are working on a 1.5 hectare site, which eventually be a roundabout but was chosen as previous evaluations had uncovered Roman and medieval features.
Work has been undertaken to remove two properties on Spalding Road as part of the preparation work for this scheme.
The 6.5km road is due to link the A1175 and A16 to the south and east of Spalding, to the B1356 to the north, via the B1172 Spalding Common.