Long Sutton

June 27, 2022 2.35 pm

The programme of extensive essential works at Cross Keys Swing Bridge is coming to an end – with just a week to go and then it’s done.

After nearly five months of hard work on one of the county’s most famous landmarks, the critical refurbishment of the Cross Keys Swing Bridge at Sutton on the A17 is coming to an end.

The final part of the programme of works will end as scheduled with crews finishing on site overnight on July 1.

For the final stretch of the on-site works the crews will be working on the road itself, carrying out essential remedial works on the surface.

As this is coming to an end, we will then remove the traffic management currently in place with this last part of the job taking place on July 1.

Because of the amount of time the surfacing works will take, removal of temporary traffic lights will happen through the night with the road due to be open to all traffic on Saturday July 2.

It is key for people travelling from Lincolnshire to Norfolk.

Since the end of February, the works have been ongoing to repaint and repair the swing bridge. It’s been nearly two decades since the bridge was last painted and during that time a combination of tidal salt water and high volumes of traffic had seen the existing paint deteriorate.

Because of that this painting and refurb programme was put in place to continue protection of the structure’s steelwork.

Throughout the works, the bridge itself had to remain operational for shipping movements with the river Nene continuing to operate as a major route for waterborne transport.

During the life of the scheme, there were some unavoidable overnight road closures when particularly difficult areas of the bridge were being painted – such as the ends of the bridge itself – and on public holidays all traffic management around the works were removed to reduce the amount of disruption for road users at key times.

Cllr Richard Davies

Cllr Richard Davies, executive member for highways, said: “These essential works have been carried out to the highest level with an extremely skilled crew who were tasked with ensuring the future of this very important part of our roads network.

“What we have carried out is a series of complex programmes of work that were crucial for the continued life and usefulness of the bridge.

“We have been working extremely hard across the project to ensure that the bridge and the roads around it are able to continue delivery of complex traffic needs. We have also liaised with other authorities to ensure that the work we carried out was not impacted further by works in their areas.

“This has been a huge project and we appreciate that disruption was faced by road users at peak times. We did everything possible for this to be minimalized, but there was still inevitable impact on those wishing to cross the bridge instead of using the diversionary route in place.

“We have managed to get the project completed on schedule and ahead of the summer holidays so the area around the Cross Keys Swing Bridge will be able to go about its business as normal in plenty of time to make the most of a very popular time of year along the A17.

“I would like to thank the local residents, businesses and road users for their continued patience throughout the past few months whilst this vital work has been carried out.”

For all update on roadworks in Lincolnshire visit: www.roadworks.org

A “car-mad” father-of-two was killed when a vehicle he was working under fell off jacks and crushed him.

James McKenna, 47, was in the rear garden of his home in Hospital Drove, Long Sutton. It’s believed the Ford Ka shifted sideways when he used force with a spanner.

An inquest hearing in Boston on Tuesday (June 21) was held almost exactly a year after his death on June 29, 2021.

Mr McKenna’s widow Sally and his parents, Barry and Rosslyn, heard senior coroner Paul Cooper formally conclude that the death was as the result of an accident.

In a written statement heard in court, Sally said her husband had gone out to start dismantling the car for scrap at 9.30am.

When he hadn’t come back into the house by 2.30pm to get ready to pick up their teenaged children from school she went to look for him.

“I saw James’s legs protruding from under the front of the Ka,” she said. “His legs didn’t move and James didn’t respond to me calling out.

“I went over and shook his knee and called out to him again.”

After returning from calling 999, Mrs McKenna knelt down beside the car on the soft and wet grass.

She could see her husband lying on his side and when he didn’t respond to a pinch of his fingers, she feared the worst.

Mr McKenna was pronounced dead at the scene, with a later post mortem finding that he had died from traumatic asphyxia.

Jordan Eagle, a friend of Mr McKenna’s, went to remove the car that night at Mrs McKenna’s request but found it tough to budge.

The axle stand under the middle of the car bent and embedded in the soft ground.

In a statement, he said he thought Mr McKenna had been using a spanner to help remove the catalytic convertor and the car had shifted when he used force, causing the axle stand to move and sink and the car to fall off its jacks.

The coroner said it had been a “tragic accident”, adding: “You can always look back in hindsight and say if he had been underneath the car on harder ground, he might still be here. But unfortunately you can’t turn back the clock.”

Mr McKenna had been a car valeter at Whaplode Drove dealership WH Brand before being on long-term sick.

June 15, 2022 8.07 am

We are appealing for information about a robbery at the Sutton Bridge Lincolnshire Co-op overnight on June 13.

Just before 10pm, a male believed to be carrying a knife entered the Lincolnshire Co-op on Bridge Road and demanded cash from staff. A sum of cash, along with cigarettes, were stolen from the premises.

Thankfully no one was injured during the incident.

If you witnessed anything suspicious in the area, please get in touch.

  • By calling 101 quoting incident 459 of 13 June.
  • By emailing [email protected] quoting incident 459 of 13 June in the subject line.
  • If you wish to remain anonymous, you can report via the independent charity CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111 or online https://crimestoppers-uk.org/

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