Clearance work in preparation for the building of a new A1 junction is under way as part of the Grantham southern relief road.
Phase two of the work is due to go ahead by the summer and will involve completing the relief road between Spittlegate Level and the new junction, with the relief road passing underneath the A1 for traffic joining or coming off the northbound carriageway. Roundabouts will be built either side of the A1.
Work started on Monday to clear both sides of the busy A road of trees and hedging before construction of the junction begins. The preparatory work is due to continue until the end of April.
There will be overnight lane closures and speed restrictions on the A1 but traffic flow will be maintained at all times.
As part of the closures, a team will also be conducting ground penetration radar surveys, checking for unknown cables and pipes where work will be carried out once primary construction begins.
Councillor Richard Davies, executive member for highways at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “In the interest of public and worker safety, some lane closures on the A1 will be necessary while these works are carried. We ask for your patience, as these works are essential to clearing the way so that we can start phase two construction this July as planned.
“We’ll do our absolute best to minimise any disruptions, while also taking great care to maintain the natural habitat of any wildlife living in the area.”
He added: “It’s brilliant to be on site now. This is a massive pice of infrastructure and investment which will go a long way to reducing congestion on the roads and improving air quality.
“It’s also a massive boost for growth and job opportunities in Grantham.
“It will make a massive difference to the quality of life here.”
Galliford Try has been appointed to carry out the preparatory works ahead of phase two. They have also been identified as the preferred contractor for phase two construction works and will be officially appointed once necessary permissions from Highways England have been gained.