Planned works on a new £750,000 footbridge for Boston have now been delayed until the start of 2014.
Work on St Botolph’s Bridge had been due to start in August and, although The Standard previously reported what highways bosses described as a ‘slight delay’ to the project, it has now been revealed that the bulk of the job will now begin in January.
The first stage of the construction, which will not require the bridge to close, will take place in late November.
The news will ease growing fears among town traders that the bridge closure would coincide with the busy Christmas shopping period.
A Lincolnshire County Council spokesman said: “There has been a delay in starting work to replace the existing structure of St Botolph’s footbridge, as the design element of the works has taken longer than expected.
“The first stage of the works, which will not affect pedestrians using the bridge, will now commence in late November.
“As the second stage of the works require the bridge to be closed, this will now start early in January 2014.
“This decision has been taken to avoid disruption to pedestrians over the Christmas period.”