Bunkers Hill drainage works set to go ahead

A £945,000 scheme to improve drainage works on the A15 at Bunkers Hill is expected to go ahead after Lincolnshire county councillors recommended it for approval.

The county council said that the project is aimed at improving surface water protection for houses around the area.

Members of the authority’s Highways and Transport Committee voted to recommend that the council’s executive sign off on the proposed plan.

Now county council leader, Councillor Martin Hill, is expected to approve the capital project and Executive Councillor for Highways, Councillor Richard Davies, to sign off on tendering the contract for the delivery of the scheme.

Works on Bunkers Hill in Lincoln will be expected to last three months from July 2018.

The improvements will cost a total of £945,058, with the county council contributing £825,058.

Further funding comes from the Environment Agency with £53,000 and £40,000 from Anglian Water.

Alongside fixes to the drainage, a 550m stretch of Bunkers Hill from near the Lincolnshire Poacher pub to the A158 Wragby Road roundabout, will be resurfaced. A 60m length of Hawthorn Road adjacent to Bunkers Hill will also be reconstructed during the works.

Steve Brooks, Senior Project Leader at the county council, said that the scheme was brought forward by three years in order to mitigate any disruption.

“The surfacing of the road in the area has fundamentally failed,” he said.

“It is fundamentally a drainage scheme, but we do intend to resurface the surrounding roads.”

He added that the project would tie in with current works on Wragby Road.

Councillor Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways, said previously: “The existing drainage system on Bunkers Hill is in need of repair.

“As a result, we’re planning to install a new drainage system to provide increased flood protection and prevent water damage to properties in the area.

“As part of the scheme, a new carrier drain will be installed with new gullies and connections to ensure water is properly drained away.

“When complete, this scheme will make a huge difference for those living on Bunkers Hill.”

The project will be an additional series of disruptions to the ongoing project on Wragby Road to widen the junction with Outer Circle Road and lengthen lanes.

The Wragby Road works is ongoing until August and has recently entered into a phase of night-time resurfacing works and signed diversions.