MAJOR works to improve the main A1173 highway between the A180 interchange and the “CATCH” roundabout will start again this week, following their temporary suspension due to the COVID-19 crisis.
From Wednesday, April 22, three-way traffic management will be reinstated at the “CATCH” roundabout, which is being significantly improved in this first phase of a fuller A1173 upgrade programme.
The resumption follows talks between project managers at ENGIE and the contractor C.R. Reynolds, with assurances that all the necessary resource is available to allow the completion of this phase. They have further assured that all Government COVID-19 safe working guidelines will be followed.
This work is due to be completed in June – a delay from May due to its temporary suspension.
The next few weeks will then see further talks on the start and management of phase two of this scheme, which involves the construction of a new roundabout between CATCH and the A180. This will enable access to the first section of land being developed on the new Stallingborough Business Park. The next few weeks will also see some offsite preliminary ground works taking place on land either side of the road.
As reported, in a major boost for the new business park, successful Lincolnshire-based company myenergi has announced plans to be anchor tenants – moving its operation from its present base at Binbrook.
Following the re-start of the CATCH roundabout works drivers are reminded that, in the short term, the full length of what is to be the new Humber Bank Link Road is open between Moody Lane, Grimsby and the Hobson Way roundabout. This offers an alternative route from Grimsby to Immingham until such time as work recommences on this project. A decision is yet to be made on the re-start date having been initially suspended for four weeks early this month, due again to uncertainly surrounding resource availability.
The A1173 improvements are being part-funded by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), supported with £1.6m from the Government’s Local Growth Fund. This was secured by the Humber LEP and is part of the Government’s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse.
The Humber Bank Link Road is supported by the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, (GLLEP).
Both projects form part of North East Lincolnshire Council’s £42m South Humber Industrial Investment Programme, (SHIIP), which looks to transform the industrial landscape along the Humber bank between Immingham and Grimsby.
Included are the highway improvements, the opening of the Stallingborough Business Park and the creation of the only wildlife mitigation site of its kind in Europe – enabling companies to develop land knowing they will immediately satisfy environmental requirements.
For more on SHIIP please go to www.investnel.co.uk/developments/south-humber-industrial-investment-programme/