Work due this month on Boston footbridge

St Botolph's Bridge
St Botolph's Bridge

Work is set to start this month on replacing the busy St Botolph’s footbridge in Boston town centre.

Construction on a new bridge spanning the River Haven between the police station and Stump was due to begin in August with a four-week closure in mid-September.

A Lincolnshire County Council spokesman says there has been a ‘slight delay’ while final designs for the foundations are confirmed.

That should be done by the end of this week, when a date for the bridge closure should be announced.

The council had allowed some flexibility in its original schedule so says the delay should not affect the completion date of the project.

It says the work – planned in three phases to try to minimise disruption to nearby businesses – should still finish by Christmas, but will probably be by early December rather than November.

The new bridge design was chosen after a public vote on a shortlist of three.

It will cost £750,000 and it is hoped by the county council that it will become a new landmark for the town.

Designers say the 65m-long structure will be wider than the existing bridge and will imporve access for disabled people.

It also features a ‘non-slip surface’ to help ease the hazardous conditions faced by many pedestrians during the winter.

The cost is being shared by the county council and the European Regional Development Fund. The project will be delivered by Lincolnshire firm Britcoin.