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Issues with A16, A17, A151, potholes and Cross Keys Bridge made highways headlines in 2021



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A host of highways matters have hit the headlines in 2021 - as motorists raised a series of complaints about our struggling road network.

From potholes to congestion and the delays to a new road - these stories have featured heavily in the past 12 months.

Here's a recap of some of the major issues.

Sutterton Roundabout. (53448120)
Sutterton Roundabout. (53448120)

Major roads

A big investment is on its way for the A16 - with the £20 million proposal first put forward in June. The money was eventually - after a legal challenge - approved by the Government and should mean improvements to roundabouts between Spalding and Boston, wider lanes and better cycle tracks.

Highways bosses said they also have ideas for how they want to improve the A17 - including dualling sections - but that the cash is not available. Motorists branded the road 'not fit for purpose' - with regular congestion reported. It was especially bad during the summer months with the greater reliance on UK summer holidays and traffic heading to the Norfolk coast.

Those two roads meet at Sutterton roundabout - where there have been several calls for action to make the busy junction safer.

Meanwhile, Road Safety Foundation accident data showed the A151 between Spalding and Bourne was one of the three most dangerous routes in the county.

Moon or Churchill Drive? You decide (45557483)
Moon or Churchill Drive? You decide (45557483)

Potholes causing headaches

The year ended with Lincolnshire County Council launching a campaign to try to claw back some cash from the Government - having had its maintenance budget slashed by 25% and been left with an uphill task to fix our crumbling roads.

The year had been marked with a number of complaints from road users in the south of the county.

Memorably, in April Marie Roe said Churchill Drive in Spalding had 'more potholes than there are craters on the moon' - while fed-up Esmond Gadd in Surfleet Marsh bemoaned the regularity with which his tyres were split when driving along Marsh Drove.

The Cross Keys Bridge (53598760)
The Cross Keys Bridge (53598760)

Cross Keys Bridge

Leading councillors said this summer that a £100 million-plus project is needed to build a new A17 crossing at Sutton Bridge.

A four-month £1.5 million project to paint and repair Cross Keys Swing Bridge was agreed this year and should begin in February 2022 - but there's already a view on a full replacement for the future.

The road is a major strategic east/west route - and there’s a fear that the 1897 bridge won’t cope with carrying heavy traffic for much longer.

The Spalding Western Relief Road construction site. Preparation work was done earlier this year, but the main construction is postponed until January 2022. (53381302)
The Spalding Western Relief Road construction site. Preparation work was done earlier this year, but the main construction is postponed until January 2022. (53381302)

False start for relief road

Work on the Spalding Western Relief Road was due to begin in 2021 - but ended up being pushed into next year.

The site, off Pinchbeck Road, was cleared and fenced off by a contractor - but issues with the land deals meant the main job did not begin as planned.

The project should now begin on January 10 - and is expected to take until autumn 2023.

Nearby residents fear a large amount of traffic disruption during the work - and aren't happy that it will mean the 18-month closure of Two Plank Bridge.

Speeding has been an issue in Spalding Road, Pinchbeck. (51489474)
Speeding has been an issue in Spalding Road, Pinchbeck. (51489474)

No need for speed

The year brought a string of reports of residents worried about the danger posed by speeding motorists.

Issues were raised in Gedney Dyke, Moulton Chapel, Pinchbeck, Gosberton, Quadring and Gedney Hill at various points.

Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum called for a campaign to unite all of the villages that are experiencing the problems.

Traffic queues at Woolram Wygate level crossing in Spalding. (53389952)
Traffic queues at Woolram Wygate level crossing in Spalding. (53389952)

Congestion problems

Speeding has been an issue in the villages - but rising fears of congestion are top of the agenda in Spalding town centre.

When level crossings are down there are regularly long queues on Winsover Road and Pinchbeck Road in particular.

This month we also revealed concerns that the problem could get even worse if more freight trains pass through Spalding.

Boston Road, Holbeach (48001390)
Boston Road, Holbeach (48001390)

Long running road sagas

Are there any more unfortunate roads in our area than Boston Road South in Holbeach and Park Road in Spalding?

Park Road was shut between May and September due to a dangerous dip - and then had to close again in November.

Boston Road South has a similar problem - with issues continuing in 2021 after a sink hole had appeared the year before.

Let's hope the powers that be have made a resolution to keep these roads in better condition in 2022.



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