The city’s biggest road project in decades is officially more than halfway complete.
The 7.5km Lincoln Eastern Bypass project is part-funded by a £50 million Central Government capital grant and will improve Lincoln’s infrastructure, encourage growth, minimise traffic congestion and enhance the inter-city environment.
Since the start of the project:
- Over 200 people have worked over 600,000 hours on the scheme
- Nearly 1.4 million tonnes of soil and earth has been moved
- Over seven miles of drainage has been installed
- Over three miles of streetlight ducting has been installed
- 1,150 tonnes of steel and 14,000 tonnes of concrete have been used for bridges
Councillor Richard Davies, executive member for highways, said: “I’m incredibly pleased to say we’re officially past the halfway point of construction of Lincoln’s new bypass.
“Not only are two of eight new bridges built, but the road itself is really starting to take shape. You can even see the imprint of the new Greetwell Road roundabout from above.
“And over the next six months, we’ll have the new roundabouts at Lincoln Road and Sleaford Road finished, along with the new Heighington Road bridge and Hawthorn Road footbridge.
“This project is a very complex piece of work, but the team is working hard to make sure it’s built to the high quality we expect.
“The scheme has also been drawing interest from industry professionals across the UK.
“In fact, the president of the Institution of Civil Engineers recently visited and was really impressed with the speed of construction and scale of the development.
“It won’t be long until people start seeing all of the benefits that the road will bring.
“Not only will there be less traffic congestion in and around Lincoln, but the bypass will also open up land for housing and economic developments around the city, adding roughly £600 million to the county’s economy.
“Work on-site is progressing really well, and we’re still on-track for having the road ready to open next spring.”