Lincoln Eastern Bypass set to open this weekend

The Lincoln Eastern Bypass is set to officially open this weekend after eight years of planning and development.

The £120 million project began with planning permission submitted back in 2012, and is now only days away from being open to the public.

Five miles long, the Eastern Bypass will connect with the existing Northern Relief Road and has become the next step in creating a complete ring road around the city, bringing traffic from Wragby Road, across the River Witham, past Washingborough, Canwick, Bracebridge Health and round to the A15.

The bypass is also incorporating six miles of walking and cycling paths along the entire route, and pedestrians can see new bridges and an underpass for those travelling on foot, bike or on horse.

Cllr Richard Davies, executive member for highways, said: “I’m really happy to announce that the new Lincoln Eastern Bypass will be officially opening this coming weekend.

“This is, without a doubt, one of Lincoln’s most anticipated infrastructure projects in decades, so I know this news will be welcomed by everyone living and working in and around the city.”

“However, before we open the road, there are a few finishing touches to finish, including laying the final sections of tarmac, topsoiling along the route’s verges, installing the last of the new road signs, and installing fencing along the pedestrian/cycle routes.

“Getting this scheme built has been no easy task. In fact, since starting construction, nearly 1.4 million hours have been spent building the new bypass, along with over 150,000 tonnes of tarmac and other road building materials.”

There are also still some works to complete over the next few months, including the removal of the plant crossing at Heighington Road and planting new trees and shrubs.