Even in the winter months, the work keeps going on the Lincoln Eastern Bypass and we’ve been getting stuck in helping to bring the enormous project to completion.
At the end of last year, Lincolnshire County Council published a full fly-over video of the road which will run from the A158 Wragby Road to the A15 Sleaford Road near Bracebridge Heath. The aerial footage shows just how far this impressive project has come:
This £120 million road will mean that Lincoln will almost have a full ring-road around the city next year. This ring-road will then be completed with the £148.5 million North Hykeham Relief Road which was approved by the council in September.
Both of these projects should alleviate congestion in the city and help commuters and visitors to travel in, out and around the city.
The 7.5km Lincoln Eastern Bypass is expected to be finished in late May 2020 but the work has already made a big impact.
While the project is being led by Galliford Try which stepped in to keep the project on-track after the collapse of Carillion last year, our teams have been involved in enabling works, installing drainage and reinstatement work. We’ve been helping with the construction of the roundabout on Lincoln Road near Branston and – of course- we’ve been laying plenty of asphalt.
We’ve been working day and night and also at weekends to minimise disruption to road users and we’re really impressed with the progress that’s being made.
Building a bypass is no easy feat, with four roundabouts and two bridges needing to be built along with drainage and landscaping, not to mention seven and a half kilometres of road to built and surface. Sections of the road are being laid 17 metres down from the existing land and the project has also seen the construction of two temporary bridges that are based on a design by the British Army to allow contractors to access the site without affecting other road-users or on the railways.
The first of these – a 41 metre, 1,100 tonne bridge over the Market Rasen rail line – will be taken down and removed once they’re no longer needed. The other, a 140 metre bridge over the River Witham will be waterproofed, surfaced and made into a fully functioning permanent bridge once the rest of the work is completed.
We’re really proud to be playing an important role in delivering this project for the city and we’re looking forward to letting cars drive over what will be a smooth, brand new road in 2020.
Some roads are having to close in order for the work to take place and we know that can be frustrating but we and everyone else involved in the project are doing everything we can to reduce the impact the work has on road users and residents and we’re very grateful for everyone’s patience.