Lincoln Eastern Bypass
Expected for completion in May 2020, the Lincoln Eastern Bypass is a 7.5km route which will alleviate congestion in and around the city of Lincoln and help commuters and visitors to travel in, out or around the city.
Alongside Lincolnshire County Council and Galliford Try, Minster Group is supporting the construction of the new road with enabling works, drainage installation and reinstatement work. Minster’s teams aided the construction of a new roundabout on Lincoln Road near Branston and surfacing large stretches of the road. Minster Group’s teams have been working day and night, weekdays and weekends to minimise disruption and keep the project on track.
Once the £120 million road is completed, lincoln will almost have a full ring-road around the city. This will then be completed with the £148.5 million North Hykeham Relief Road which was approved by Lincolnshire County Council in September 2018.
Building a new bypass is a major construction project but progress is going very well. In March 2019, 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:
Once it’s completed, the Lincoln Eastern Bypass will have four roundabouts and two bridges which need to be constructed, along with drainage, landscaping and road surfacing. In some sections, the road is being built 17 metres down from the existing land and two temporary bridges have been erected to allow contractors to access the site without affecting other road-users or the rail network.
The first of these bridges – 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.