Hawthorn Road footbridge craned into place

The Hawthorn Road footbridge has finally been put in place as work continues on the £120 million Lincoln Eastern Bypass project.

The bridge will link the two sides of Hawthorn Road, which will not allow car traffic over the bridge on the western side of the bypass. On the east side, a junction will allow vehicle access to and from the bypass.

Lincolnshire County Council approved plans for a new design for the cycle and foot bridge over the Lincoln Eastern Bypass in October 2014. The original plans were rejected by the Department for Transport following a public enquiry.

Galliford Try have been overseeing the construction of the footbridge, which has gathered pace in the last six months.

Construction was started on the stairs of the footbridge in June this year. The superstructure was delivered and assembled for the new footbridge in October, before it was recently lifted into place this month.

The Lincoln Eastern Bypass project, which is a 7.5km single carriageway road, is part-funded by a £50 million Central Government capital grant. It will connect the A15 Sleaford Road with the A158 Wragby Road.

The overall project will be completed in May 2020 instead of the original planned date of December 2019, and it will also be over budget, costing £120 million instead of £99 million.

Councillor Richard Davies, cabinet member for highways at Lincolnshire County Council, recently said he was “reasonably confident” that the project would be completed on time.