750k bridge ‘will be a new landmark for Boston’

St Botolphs Bridge
St Botolphs Bridge

County chiefs say a new £750,000 footbridge in Boston will become a ‘new landmark’ for the town once it is installed later this year.

Construction on a new bridge to replace the existing St Botolph’s Bridge is set to begin in August and finish by early November.

Engineers say the work will be split in to three phases to try to reduce disruption to businesses around the bridge - which spans the River Witham near Boston Stump.

The work should only need the route to shut to pedestrians for four weeks from mid-September.

The design – billed as ‘contemporary bowstring’ – was chosen by a public vote from a shortlist of three.

Lincolnshire County Council promises that the 65m-long structure will be wider than the existing bridge and will include a non-slip surface and improved access for disabled people, as well as an information board about the Boston Stump.

It will also feature lighting in an attempt to provide a ‘gateway’ into the town and will be built by Scunthorpe-based firm Britcon.

Richard Waters, principal engineer at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “St Botolph’s footbridge will be a new landmark for Boston which I hope people will be pleased with. We are on programme to start construction this summer. The bridge is being built by a local company - Britcon – which means that this £750,000 investment will benefit different people across Lincolnshire.

“The county council and Britcon are working together to make sure disruption to residents and businesses is kept to a minimum.”

The cost of the bridge is being met by Lincolnshire County Council and the European Regional Development Fund.

Church Keys – the building at the foot of the bridge – is also undergoing a revamp and is set to open as a bridal shop and cafe.