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Delays continue at West Pinchbeck A151 before rebuild in summer

Months of frustration will continue for motorists as one of the area’s main roads will be ‘rebuilt’ in the summer.

Traffic lights have been in place on the A151, Dozen’s Bank, West Pinchbeck, for months with no sign of work taking place which has created some annoyance among drivers.

But the obstruction will not be moving anytime soon as the road is subsiding and cannot take the weight of ‘live traffic’.

Road works in Dozens Bank, West Pinchbeck (47576303)
Road works in Dozens Bank, West Pinchbeck (47576303)

Lincolnshire County Council says that the works to rebuild the road, the main route between Spalding and Bourne, will take place in July or August.

A council spokesman said: “Late last year we saw a sudden deterioration in the carriageway on Dozens Bank and a section of the road began to subside due to ground conditions. This coincided with an Anglian Water water main leak, and there is a history of leaks at this location.

“As this section was not stable enough to take the loading of live traffic over it, we put in temporary traffic lights and quickly arranged some patching work so that we could open the road again. However, while starting this work we discovered that there were large voids under the road.

“We had to abandon the patching as even with this, the road would not have been stable enough to reopen fully.

“We then arranged a full rebuild of the road for this summer. Anglian Water will also be renewing their water supply main before this scheme takes place.

“At the moment there are genuine difficulties with reopening the road fully until the voids under the carriageway can be filled. However, Anglian Water plan to start their work next month, and the road will be rebuilt following this, and then reopened safely.”

Pinchbeck Parish Council chairman Jams Avery said he could understand why drivers were frustrated by the roadworks.

He said: “It’s not untypical of Lincolnshire County Council Highways to start carriageway repair works and leave them for a protracted period of time before completion.

“The parish council will be encouraging LCC Highways to complete these works as soon as is practicable.”

The roadworks start close to the entrance of new wedding and events venue, Crown Hall Farm.

Lewis Slack, who runs the venue with his wife Caroline, said: “It adds a few minutes to our journey times but we appreciate that they have got to fix things. It will be a positive once it is done for us.”

Sara Raw, who owns Raw Equestrian which is based near the road works, says the road work are causing problems when she runs shows at her yard.

She has also reported that motorists become angry when she takes her horses out hacking as they take time to get through the traffic lights.

Sara said: “We get a lot of abuse.

“We would like it to be repaired as soon as possible as we have to hack through the traffic lights and people do get angry.”

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