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Councillors approve £1.5 million scheme to paint Sutton Bridge's Cross Keys Bridge

Plans for months of work to repaint a key road bridge linking West Norfolk to the Midlands have been backed today.

Councillors have given their approval to a four-month project to paint Cross Keys Bridge in Sutton Bridge.

The scheme, which is due to be carried out from February to June next year, will cost between £1 million and £1.5 million - but could cause months of delays to motorists on the A17.

Drone shot of the Cross Keys Bridge during the 2019 works.
Drone shot of the Cross Keys Bridge during the 2019 works.

Lincolnshire County Council's executive gave the plan their approval at their meeting today.

During the work, temporary lights will need to be in place - and the council says these will be manned by a person in a bid to manage this and avoid long queues.

As well as repainting the bridge, built in 1897, the council will take the chance to carry out maintenance to the 'turret' as well.

A previous closure in 2019 sparked a large amount of traffic congestion on a key route for lorries and tourists.

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