New Spalding relief road work delayed until 2022
Work on the new Spalding Western Relief Road will not now begin until 2022.
The construction project, off Pinchbeck Road, had been due to start this summer and finish in the autumn but, as previously reported, Lincolnshire County Council's highways team has been waiting for land deals to be signed before that could begin.
At last night's meeting of the Spalding Town Forum, however, it was revealed that the work won't now be able to start until the new year.
Forum chairman Roger Gambba-Jones said the county council is due to make a formal statement in the coming days to confirm the details of the delay - which will also mean that Two Plank Bridge can remain open until January.
The wooden bridge is due to be replaced by a new steel structure spanning the Vernatt's Drain as part of the works - and highways chiefs insist the bridge will have to be shut for 18 months while the roadworks are carried out.
Coun Gambba-Jones said: "At the moment the bridge is open for use and it will be so until next year."
Preparatory work on this section - which will run from Spalding Road to the Vernatt’s Drain and form part of an eventual bypass - had been carried out in late Spring/early summer, with vegetation cleared, a construction road built and a new fence put up around the site.
Residents have complained about the length of the eventual closure of Two Plank Bridge and are concerned about schoolchildren having to walk along the busy Pinchbeck Road instead.