Council says it will save £75,000 on cost of £80 million Grantham relief road by reusing soil

Bulldozers start work on the Grantham southern relief road.
Bulldozers start work on the Grantham southern relief road.
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The county council says its highways engineers will save £75,000 on the cost of building Grantham’s long-awaited southern relief road by reusing soil from the site.

For the first stage of the project – the construction of a roundabout off the B1174 and an extension of Tollemache Road - more than 110,000 tonnes of soil and rubble is needed to increase the height of the road and roundabouts. That’s about double the weight of the Titanic.

Officers have now found they can bring in 28,000 tonnes of this material from the site of the second stage of the project – building a roundabout to the west of the A1.

The council’s portfolio holder for Highways, Cllr Richard Davies, said: “Building roads is a long, complicated and expensive process – and this one is no different. Every road is unique and has its own challenges.

“I am glad that we are able to make a significant saving in this case by using this flexible approach. We have also been able to make a time saving after archaeology work was completed in less than half the time allocated. With winter ahead of us it is more important than ever to get as much of the work completed before bad weather sets in so that we can remain on schedule and complete this much-needed road as soon as possible.”

To allow this process to happen, an extension has been granted to Fitzgerald Civil Engineering’s contract to allow the removal of material from the phase two section. This will also avoid the need to dispose of excess rubble and soil resulting in even more savings. The programme is now ahead of schedule meaning that the majority of this earth-moving work will be completed within the next three weeks.

It is expected the full road, linking to the A52, will be in use by 2019. The scheme is expected to cost around £80 million in total.

For more information on the project and for regular updates visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk