Author: Richard Davies

Highways 2017 a year in review

2017 was a busy year for Lincolnshire’s highways team. Over the course of the year we carried out around 34,000 jobs, including about 4,000 emergency repairs, around 97% of which were done within 24 hours. Our maintenance work included a £5m year-long pothole patching programme, which eliminated some of the worst potholes across Lincolnshire and prepared some roads for future surface dressing. Overall, our team repaired around 90,000 potholes, resurfaced 27 miles of road and surface dressed 190 miles of carriageway across the county, helping to keep Lincolnshire moving. And, of course, our team of 43 gritters were out battling the bad weather day and night, recently covering a distance equivalent to a round trip to the South Pole in just four days. Aside from day-to-day maintenance, we also made some significant improvements to the local highways network. In early 2017, we made a series of improvements to increase traffic flow at Sutterton roundabout, a key pinch point on the A16. This was followed by the £5.4m Peppermint Junction improvements. This saw the creation of a new three-arm roundabout at the A17/A151 junction in Holbeach, making access to the A17 safer, easier and faster. The project also involved the construction of a second roundabout providing access for the proposed South Lincolnshire Food Enterprise Zone and Holbeach West housing development. During the summer, we carried out extensive surfacing and drainage...

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Happy New Year!

Grantham Journal Column – 5th January 2018 Happy New Year! At the beginning of 2018 we look forward to another significant year for our town. Hopefully you will have already noticed the preparatory works underway on Spittlegate Level for the bypass junction with the A1 and recent weeks have seen the green light given for the much discussed Designer Outlet Village. Undeniably progress on major projects is always slower than we hope for but I am really pleased to see both these projects move forward. The relief road will not only move traffic out of the town centre, allowing a...

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Thank you

While our veterans rightly took pride of place at Sunday’s Remembrance Parade, I would like to take the opportunity to personally thank those who gave up their Sunday morning to help make sure the event went off smoothly by helping to marshall traffic. Standing with barriers in the middle of a road directing cars and wandering pedestrians isn’t glamorous however without the resolute souls it just wouldn’t have been possible to close the streets for this traditional event. Firstly I must thank Nobby Clark for his tireless work in organising the parade, despite his calm exterior it’s truly a...

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Grantham Remembrance Parade 2017

Following changes to the way the Police support Remembrance Day Parades across the county, Grantham’s parade is set to continue, assisted by volunteers to help manage the traffic. Following discussions with Lincolnshire Police and Lincolnshire County Council Highways Department the route along the High Street, from St Peter’s Hill to St Wulfrum’s and back has been agreed. The parade will form up on the High Street outside the Post Office and move off at 1020 to St Wulfrum’s Church. Following the service the parade will reform and return along the High Street to St Peter’s Hill, taking the salute...

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