County councillors, Galliford Try, Highways England and others have joined together to officially break ground ahead of work on the second phase of the £28m Grantham Southern Relief Road.
Cllr Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways, said: “Despite the long road getting to today, construction of the next section of Grantham’s southern relief road is now underway.
“This is a massive project, and we look forward to working alongside Galliford Try and Highways England over the next two years as we build a massive bridged underpass that connects the B1174 to the A1.
“Galliford Try has been doing a fantastic job overseeing construction of the new Lincoln Eastern Bypass, and we’re confident that they’ll do just as good a job in Grantham.
“Once the whole relief road is complete, it will not only reduce congestion and improve journey times in and around Grantham, but it will also boost the local economy by opening the door to more homes, jobs opportunities and community facilities.”
David Steventon, Project Manager for Highways England, said: “After many years of collaborative work which has led to us agreeing the design of the junction, gaining the required statutory orders and planning for the building phase, it is a real achievement by all involved to reach the start of the works. This collaboration will continue through the build to realise the benefit of the works to the local people and economy.”
Ursula Lidbetter, Chair of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The Grantham Southern Relief Road will form a strategic growth corridor around a route joining the A1 to the A52 east of Grantham. It will secure significant housing and employment opportunities for South Kesteven, unlock nearly £1 billion of sustainable growth and cement Grantham’s position as a key sub-regional destination.
“The Greater Lincolnshire LEP is pleased to be contributing £28m of Growth Deal funding to this transformational scheme, which will undoubtedly improve the environment, air quality and visitor experience in Grantham town centre.”