Council bosses confirm delay to Spalding relief road
Council bosses have now confirmed that work on Spalding's new relief road will not start until next year.
Highways chiefs say the land deals needed to construct the north section of the road have now been signed - and that contractors will now try to secure materials in light of a national shortage.
The news of the delay first broke on our website yesterday - and will mean that the nearby Two Plank Bridge does not have to close until January.
Coun Richard Davies, executive member for highways, said: "All of the land agreements for the north section of the Spalding Western Relief Road have now been agreed and signed.
"This means we can now look ahead at building the northern section which we'll be aiming to start next January, subject to agreeing a final construction cost.
"In the meantime, we'll be working closely with Eurovia to secure the best possible prices for materials as national shortages and cost increases continue.
"This is in addition to Eurovia continuing to carry out earthworks, building haul roads and working with utility companies to divert the utility services they can to help ensure they can hit the ground running with main construction in early 2022."
The north section of the Spalding Western Relief Road will include construction of a new five-arm roundabout on the Spalding Road, a T-junction next to Vernatt's Drain and a new bridge over the Lincoln to Peterborough railway line.
Given that it will not yet connect up to other sections of a relief road, it has been widely derided by residents as a 'road to nowhere'.
The scheme will also see Two Plank Bridge removed and replaced.
As part of this - and construction of the road - the bridge and connecting footpath will be closed in 'early 2022' and is likely to last for about 18 months.
A date for the bridge closure will be announced nearer the time - with news of dates expected to be revealed in December.
Coun Davies added: "Two Plank Bridge and the connecting footpath will be closed for an extended period to ensure the safety of everyone that uses it once main construction starts and there are up to fifty construction lorries a day crossing.
"Closing this busy pedestrian route from early next year will no doubt cause some disruption, but safety comes first during all of our roadworks and we want to thank anyone affected in advance for their patience and understanding.
"I want to assure everyone that we will do our very best to get these works finished as efficiently as possible once we start and the footpath back open as soon as it's safe to do so."
For more information about the Spalding Western Relief Road project, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/swrr.