The aftermath of the fire.

A16 to be closed until at least Monday after lorry fire melts road

Emergency repair works will take place on the A16 near Crowland this weekend after yesterday’s lorry fire melted the road.

The stretch of road has been completely closed since the incident at 4.30pm last night (Thursday, May 12).

It will be closed today (Friday), Saturday, Sunday and is due to reopen at some time on Monday

A spokesman for Lincolnshire County Council’s Highways tea, said: “The temperatures involved in the fire were so high that they melted the surface of the road and various materials from the lorry itself fused with the road surface.

“Emergency engineering teams are currently working to get the road back in commission as quickly as possible, but this is a large-scale job that will mean a complete resurface of the affected area.

“At the moment it is not possible to give an exact time of when the road is going to reopen due to the nature of the damage.”

Richard Fenwick, head of highways asset and local management services for LCC said: “The severity of the fire and the amount of damage it caused across both sides of the carriageway has meant that we simply cannot operate this road at the moment.

“We have emergency teams working hard to get this road repaired and back in order for the road users who use this route. Naturally, we are working as quickly as we can, but a large repair such as this will take a few days to complete.

“In the meantime, a diversionary route will be in place with clear signage to direct traffic around the area. Whilst this is happening, I would like to thank everyone for their patience as we carry out this urgent repair.” 

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue say there were no casualties in the incident.

Craig Norbury’s picture of the fire

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