Work on A16 Springfields/McDonalds roundabout delayed a few months

The ‘Levelling Up’ work on the A16 Springfields/McDonalds roundabout is delayed by a few months, Lincolnshire County Council has said.

It comes a week after the authority confirmed 10-months of works on the next roundabout north on the A16, the Wardentree Lane junction, will start next month.

In a release entitled ‘Springfield Roundabout improvements pass midway point’, the county council states the work on that junction started last September and scheduled to last 12 months will now be finished in ‘late autumn rather than early autumn’.

Coun Richard Davies executive member for highways said: “We originally hoped to have the works complete this September but, unfortunately, we won’t meet that timeframe. The major weather events we’ve experienced over recent months – including Storms Babet, Henk and Isha – have set us back slightly.

“As a result, it’s now looking like we’ll be finishing on-site in late autumn rather than early autumn.

“In the meantime, our focus is now on the widening the northwest and southeast corners of the roundabout. Following that, we’ll be on laying the final road surfacing, which will involve some overnight closures. However, we’re still finalising the details of these but will share details as soon as they’re confirmed.

“I want to thank everyone for the continued patience as we continue these important ‘levelling up’ improvements to A16’s agrifood corridor between Boston and Spalding.”

The county council say in the release it’s past the half way stage in work and have installed ‘a quarter-mile of new underground street lighting ducts, over 1,500 tonnes of road building material, 22 new drainage gullies installed and new underground BT Openreach chambers’.

“We’ve officially passed the midway point of our major improvements to Springfield Roundabout, which is fantastic news for the people of Spalding,” Coun Davies said. “Since starting last September, the team has spent over 28,000 hours working on the project. And, so far, we’ve widened the road to increase the number of approach lanes at the northeast and southwest sections of the roundabout. This is on top of laying nearly 700 metres of new kerbing and diverting over a half-mile of 33kv cables.”

The project is being funded by a portion of the £20m in ‘Levelling Up’ funding awarded to the county council in October 2021. The remaining funding is being used across four other projects, including improvements to Spalding’s A16/B1180 Greencell Roundabout, the A16 Marsh Lane Roundabout, and footway/cycleway improvements in Boston and Spalding.

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