Peppermint Junction improvement scheme earns engineering industry accolade
The £5.4m Holbeach junction improvement scheme was recognised as the region's winning medium-sized engineering project at this year's Institution for Civil Engineers (ICE) East Midlands Merit Awards.
Coun Richard Davies, executive member for highways, said: "We're delighted to have earned recognition from one of the engineering industry's leading institutions.
"This award is a huge testament to the hard work of all the people that helped make the Peppermint Junction improvement project a reality, including all of the residents and road users that remained patient while we were on-site working."
The ceremony took place on Friday in Derby, where members of the project team from Lincolnshire County Council, WSP and Eurovia Contracting North were present to accept the award.
The nominees were judged based on a range of criteria, including innovation; sustainability; safety; communication; application of engineering principles; and overall project and resource management.
Coun Davies added: "Through meticulous planning and ingenuity, the team was able to complete the scheme three months ahead of schedule and below budget, while also minimising disruption on the network by only closing the A17 for 17 nights out of the whole nine-month project.
"Our top priority in building the scheme was to improve safety at the junction – something we've achieved by installing a new roundabout to replace the T-junction that was the cause of many collisions.
"I'd personally like to thank the project team from Lincolnshire Highways and Eurovia for all of the hard work and effort put in to deliver a scheme that has made traveling around the south of Lincolnshire safer and more efficient."
Other benefits of the scheme include alleviating congestion in the town centre and opening up development land for the new South Lincolnshire Food Enterprise Zone.
Matt Stubbings, Eurovia Contracting North Divisional Manager, said: “The success of this scheme is testimony to the collaborative partnership between ourselves and Lincolnshire County Council which ensured the project ran smoothly, efficiently and with minimal disruption to road users and local residents.
“I am delighted that this scheme has been acknowledged by the Institution of Civil Engineers through the presentation of the Merit Awards, but I am even more delighted that it will improve the journeys and safety of road users for many years to come.”
In addition to this award, Eurovia Contracting North also received a silver award at the Considerate Constructor's annual event earlier this year for the Peppermint Junction improvement scheme.