Date 06 Jan 2021
Galliford Try’s Highways business has handed over the main 7.5km stretch of the Lincoln Eastern Bypass to Lincolnshire County Council.
The stretch of road has marked its official opening event by the Council, connecting the A15 Sleaford Road to the A158 Wragby Road.
As part of the £120m scheme, four new roundabouts and eight new bridges have been built, in addition to the team moving 2.2 million tonnes of soil and earth and laying 154,000 tonnes of tarmac and other road surfacing.
The main feature is a new 250m viaduct consisting of five 50m spans over the River Witham, two adjacent water courses (Delphs) and a Sustrans path. During construction, extensive temporary works were required including the installation of a 150m-long temporary bridge over the previously mentioned water courses. Two new railway bridges were also constructed by the wider project team for the road to cross railway lines.
Cllr Richard Davies, Lincolnshire County Council executive member for highways, said: "This is fantastic news, not just for Lincoln and the surrounding area, but for the county as a whole.
“This project has faced challenge after challenge, from Carillion going into liquidation and unprecedented wet weather to internationally-significant archaeological finds and now coronavirus. But our project team, including Galliford Try, has done an excellent job tackling each and every one put in front of them."
Transport Minister Baroness Vere said: “The new Lincoln Eastern Bypass is a fantastic example of this Government’s commitment to levelling up transport for everyone all over the country.”
Tim Bowers, Project Director for Galliford Try, said: “We are really pleased to have constructed the Lincoln Eastern Bypass which provides significant benefits for the people of Lincoln and the surrounding area.
"The project has overcome multiple challenges during construction, which is testament to the dedication of the site team in creating this landmark project.”