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Drain fixes bridge flood problem

Work is underway to fix mismatched paving on St Botolph's Bridge which results in it flooding when it rains.

Work is underway to fix mismatched paving on St Botolph's Bridge which results in it flooding when it rains.

Workers from Lincolnshire County Council have repaired an issue with the new St Botolph’s footbridge which saw the path flood when it rained.

Highways officers carried out the work on the B&M Store side of the footbridge, on Thursday, by installing a new drain.

Craig Otter from the Technical Services Partnership said: “The work, which was complete in a day, involved installing a small pedestrian-friendly drain in the problem area to help alleviate any future collection of water.”

A county council spokesman said the problem occurred where the old surfaces met the new ones in a ‘tectonic plate’ style.

In effect it meant the old surface went under the new to create a dip where water gathered when it rained.

The problems have arisen just months after £750,000 was spent on the EU-funded bridge – chosen from three designs by a public vote.

It was officially opened by the Mayor of Boston and children from Park Academy in March.

The repairs caused a stir on Facebook with residents critical of the need to carry out work so soon after installing the bridge.

Vicky Hollamby said: “The amount it cost you would think it would last a bit longer before needing fixing!”

Kerrie Garnham joked St Botolph’s footbridge was ‘the only bridge I know that holds as much water at the foot of it as it does underneath’.

Andy Wright added: “You can’t beat throwing good money after bad!”

 

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