Works to improve the A16 in Boston, along with active travel in the surrounding area, are now more than halfway complete.
Cllr Richard Davies, executive member for highways, said: “Our first two ‘Levelling Up’ projects are continuing to go well. In fact, we’re now past the midway point for both.
“Since starting in May, the team has widened the western side of the roundabout at its approach from the A16 heading northbound. We’ve also laid nearly two football pitch-lengths worth of new kerbing and installed twenty new street lighting columns.
“On top of that, we’ve finished upgrading the traffic signals at the Marsh Lane / Wyberton Low Road junction so all legs are now Toucan crossings. This was a big piece of work that meant installing nine new signal heads with overhead detection, tactile paving and fifteen new underground chambers.
“We’ve also had BT Openreach on-site to divert over a quarter-mile of their underground services so they fit with the new design of the roundabout and road layout.”
Below are some additional facts and figures about the project to date:
- A quarter-mile of new underground street lighting ducts installed
- Over 1,000 tonnes of road building material used for carriageway widening and nearly 200 tonnes used for new shared footway/cycleway
- Fifteen new drainage gullies installed
- Five new underground Openreach chambers built
Cllr Davies added: “Now that we’ve passed the halfway point, one of the next steps is to lay new road surfacing, which will involve some overnight closures. However, the details of these are still being finalised, but we will share the dates and times as soon as they’re confirmed.
“In addition to that, the team will also be focusing on widening the eastern side of the roundabout and continuing improvements to active travel links near Wyberton Low Road.
“There will inevitably be some disruption during this second half of the projects, mainly due to the need to close most of the roads affected for final surfacing. This comes part and parcel of major road improvements so we hope everyone will continue bearing with us.”
Ary traffic signals as needed on the A16, Marsh Lane and Wyberton Low Road.
The Marsh Lane roundabout improvements and Boston Active Travel are expected to cost a total of £5.7 million.
Both projects are being funded by a portion of the £20m in ‘Levelling Up’ funding awarded to the county council in October 2021. The remaining funding will be used across four projects, including improvements to Spalding’s A16/A151 Springfield Roundabout and A16/B1180 Greencell Roundabout.