£6m boost announced to improve roads in North Lincolnshire
The Crowle Gyratory at the junction of the A18 and A161 is among the areas to be improved after a grant of more than £3 million was awarded to North Lincolnshire Council by the Government
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 2 Jul 2018
A £6 million investment is set to be made to improve roads in North Lincolnshire.
The cash will see a number of roads across the region resurfaced in the coming months.
It will also see £1.86 million spent on works on the A161 south from the junction with the A18 and £1.28 million on works on the same road north of the A18 junction.
Those schemes, along with £189,000 for the A1084 in Brigg, will be funded using £3.33 million which has been secured by North Lincolnshire Council from the Government Department for Transport's Safer Roads Fund.
The council's cabinet also resolved at a meeting last week to bring forward an additional £3 million to carry out road surface improvements throughout North Lincolnshire, with final schemes currently being worked up.
Work on the A1084 from the Monument roundabout in Brigg will be done using funding from the Government (Image: Google Maps)
Council bosses say this funding is in addition to the £7 million committed for roads as part of the authority's budget, set in February.
Council leader Rob Waltham said: "Investing in roads across North Lincolnshire is a key priority for us to ensure they are safe for all road users and improves road infrastructure, which is a major factor in boosting the local economy.
"Locally, we have committed an extra £3 million so that our road network is developed and necessary repairs are carried out. We have worked hard to manage taxpayers' money well locally and because of this we have been able to secure this extra cash for our area's roads.
"It is fantastic that we have secured over £3 million as well from the Department for Transport to carry out further improvements to roads."
Works including resurfacing, upgrading signage, refreshing road markings and localised improvements to drainage have already been completed on the A161 north between Crowle and the boundary with the East Riding of Yorkshire.
The road studs have been replaced with SolarLite Active Road Studs to help improve visibility.
Council officials say the next stage for the A161 north will be to improve Crowle Gyratory to make it easier for drivers to navigate their way round. Options on improvements are being considered.
Crowle Gyratory is to be made easier for drivers to navigate around
Work to improve the A161 heading south is planned to be carried out in the 2020-21 year and will include resurfacing sections of the road, relining the route, adding new carriageway studs and upgrading identified signs.
It is also being proposed to provide central hatching and shoulder rumble strips along some sections of the route and village entry signage and road markings will be provided where they do not already exist.
The Brigg scheme, expected to be complete by March 2020, will include resurfacing the section of road from the Monument roundabout to the county boundary. Lining will be refreshed and central hatching provided for some of the route.
As both the A161 and A1084 cross beyond the North Lincolnshire border, the council will work with neighbouring authorities to carry out the work.
Both roads were highlighted in analysis by the Road Safety Foundation in 2016, which shaped where money from the Safer Roads Fund is targeted towards.
Councillor Neil Poole, cabinet member for commercial at North Lincolnshire Council, said: "The money from the Government’s Safer Roads Fund will enable us to make improvements to some roads across North Lincolnshire where safety is a concern, including the A1084 through Brigg and the A161, which links the Isle of Axholme to the East Riding and Nottinghamshire.
"The improvements will improve visibility and accessibility to these main thoroughfares in North Lincolnshire, making it much safer for all road users."