The first part of the Grantham southern relief road has been completed in ten months.
The first phase has seen the completion of a 400m section of road flanked by two roundabouts at Spittlegate Level. The scheme has so far taken 20,000 hours of labour, 11,500 tonnes of tarmac and over 3,000 kerb stones, marking the first section of the four year project to build the road.
The first of the roundabouts is situated on the B1174 and is now in full use. The new section of road to the west of this roundabout has been extended and leads to a second roundabout which will provide access towards the A1. This section of the road will not be used until phase two is complete.
Executive member for highways and transportation, Councillor Richard Davies, said: “Completion of this first phase of the road signifies the start of Grantham’s much-needed relief road. It has been more than 10 years in the planning, so to finally have made a start is great. The next phase will provide a link to the A1 which will help divert traffic, in particular HGVs, away from Grantham town Centre, reducing traffic pressure on the town’s roads.”
A contractor for phase two will be announced shortly. Work is due to start by the end of 2016. As well as re-routing the A52 to the A1 via the south of Grantham, the complete relief road will also provide access to development land either side of the B1174.
For more information on this and other major highways projects in the county, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/roadworks