After years of planning, Lincolnshire County Council’s Highways department have expressed their delight that construction of Grantham’s southern relief road is underway.
Diggers can now be seen off the B1174 and along Tollmache Road in Grantham. Last week saw the arrival of 10,000 tonnes of material on site, ready to be compacted and used to create the new road.
Last month Fitzgerald Civil Engineering was awarded the £3.6m contract to build the first phase of the much-needed road – effectively a roundabout off the B1174 linking to a new section of road along Tollemache Road and a further roundabout heading towards the A1 giving access to nearby development land.
Executive member for highways and transport, Coun Richard Davies, said: “I am very pleased that we have reached the stage we are at now with major construction work evident across the site. Grantham has been crying out for a relief road for nearly 50 years so to be able to deliver the first of three stages is fantastic.
“Over the next 20 or 30 years this road will attract investment into Grantham bringing much-needed homes and employment opportunities for local people. We are making a long-term investment into the local infrastructure for those people who, live, work, visit or pass through the town.”
The 490m section of road is expected to be completed by spring 2016. The council will then go out to tender for phase two which will link the new road to the A1. Phase three will link the B1174 roundabout to the A52. It is expected the full road will be operational by 2019.
Fitzgerald managing director Nick Coley, added: “It’s great to be starting on site on what is a critical project for Grantham. We look forward to delivering the scheme and to working closely with Lincolnshire County Council and the other stakeholders. We are delighted to be part of the delivery team on this prestigious project that will bring many advantages to the local area, and look forward to the successful completion of the project.”
For more information on the scheme and for regular updates visit http://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/transport-and-roads/roadworks-and-improvement-schemes/south-kesteven/