The construction of the second phase of Grantham’s southern relief road has been put back to next year.
The start of the second phase had been scheduled for this summer but Highways England says it needs to carry out maintenance works on the A1 near the A607 junction. The second phase of the new road will now start early next year.
The relief road will connect the roundabout at the top of Somerby Hill with a new junction on the A1, taking most heavy traffic out of Grantham town centre. The road is scheduled to be completed by 2019.
Coun Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Highways England has informed us that they now need to carry out necessary maintenance works on the A1 from September to December.
“We are unlikely to be able to begin phase two of the Grantham Southern Relief Road until they are off the network, and we’re currently reviewing our plans to gauge the impact this will have on the timetable for the overall project.
“In the meantime, we’ll continue working on the necessary legal orders for the road so that we’re ready to start as soon as Highways England is done.”
Phase two is expected to take 18 months once ground is broken and construction work officially begins.
Preparatory works for phase two were carried out earlier this year, including hedge clearance and ground penetration radar surveys, with archaeological investigations set to be carried out on the western side of the A1 starting in the next few months.
For the latest news on the Grantham Southern Relief Road, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/majorprojects