Fixes for Holbeach and Spalding roadwork sagas
Drivers should soon see the end to two long-running roadwork sagas, with resolutions planned for busy routes in Holbeach and Spalding.
Work began on Tuesday to finally fix a dangerous dip in Boston Road South, Holbeach - while county highways chiefs have promised Spalding’s Park Road will be sorted in the next fortnight too.
Problems have persisted in Boston Road South since a sink hole appeared in the road last year.
District and county councillor Tracey Carter said: “It needed doing. It’s an expensive commitment that Lincolnshire County Council are making to get this done. I’m relieved that it’s under way.
“I can’t fault how the officers have worked with me. I have been persistent - I have been pushy, I’m not going to lie - but they have responded really well and I can only speak positively of them. I am delighted to see it’s now happening. Let’s hope by the end of this week or early next week the whole chapter is over.”
Park Road in Spalding has suffered from a similar issue - and had to close at the start of May when highways chiefs said it was unsafe for drivers.
It was been shut between Pennygate and Winsover Road ever since, with a series of tests carried out to get to the bottom of an issue which had also arisen last year.
Highways says ‘softening pockets of silty soil’ have caused the problems.
Karen Cassar, assistant director of highways at Lincolnshire County Council, said on Tuesday: “The survey works have now been completed, so we can progress with the repairs to the road.
“Today, we started repairing the road collapse at Boston Road South at Holbeach, and we hope to have this site and the Park Road, Spalding site completed in the next two weeks. We’re sorry for any inconvenience the delay may have caused.”
Coun Jack McLean represents Spalding St Johns ward, which covers the closed half of Park Road, and said the current four-month closure seems ‘excessive’.
He said the state of the surface had been a headache for residents and added: “I do hope that if its a bigger job this time then it leads to the road being in a better state.
“When it’s closed it splits the town in two. It’s so unfortunate that it’s effecting the whole of the town every time this happens so I am glad it’s getting picked up.”