A46 Eastern bypass Greetwell roundabout taking shape

The construction of the new Lincoln Eastern Bypass is nearly at its halfway stage. It is beginning to take shape particularly at Greetwell Road.

The 7.5km road is expected to minimise congestion in the city. The £120 million project will be finished late in May 2020.

During the last month’s road closure at Greetwell Road, essential underground ducts and drainage pipes were installed. Building work also began on the new roundabout.

The next step will be to close Greetwell Road one final time in Winter 2019 to finish construction, on a date yet to be confirmed.

It will be one of four new roundabouts ready for when the county council opens then new road next Spring.

A temporary section of carriageway has been installed until then. It will join up the two sides of Greetwell Road so drivers can now pass through the centre of where the new roundabout will be.

Construction is also continuing across the site including a viaduct over the River Witham, a new bridge for Heighington Road over the bypass and several footbridges along its route.

Drivers will also need to watch out for a number of road closures and restrictions in the coming weeks. The A15 Sleaford Road will close for five weekends from the end of April.

This will be from 6am on Saturday to the same time on Monday on April 27-29, May 18-20, June 1-3, June 8-10 and June 15-17.

There will also be off-peak weekday traffic signals on this stretch of road near Bracebridge Heath from Monday, April 29 until May 9. This will be Monday to Friday (9.30am-3.30pm).

Executive member for highways at Lincolnshire County Council, Councillor Richard Davies, said: “In just over a year, people will start seeing all the benefits the bypass will bring, including less congestion and a boost to the economy in and around Lincoln.”