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Lincolnshire County Council to decide on £1m plans to repaint Sutton Bridge's Cross Keys Bridge - which could lead to long delays for motorists



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Council leaders will be deciding whether to go ahead with a million pound project to repaint Cross Keys Bridge in Sutton Bridge.

Motorists on the A17 could be facing extensive delays if Lincolnshire County Council’s executive agrees to go ahead with the work on July 6.

The work is estimated to cost between £1million and £1.5million, which is funded by Department of Transport grant, and could take place next year.

Queues of traffic are pictured during the 2019 work
Queues of traffic are pictured during the 2019 work

Long queues of traffic were seen around Sutton Bridge in 2019 when the last maintenance project was undertaken on the bridge.

A council report states that paint system protects the structural steel from corrosion.

It states: “Action taken now will retain and improve the protection offered against corrosion.

Queues of traffic are pictured during the 2019 work
Queues of traffic are pictured during the 2019 work

“It should be noted that, whilst it is deteriorating, not all the existing paint system has failed. There are significant areas of the current paint system which appear to have survived in reasonable condition since the last major re-painting operation. Corrosion and failure of the paint system is most noticeable at connections between members and inaccessible parts of the structure.”

The council has commissioned a specialist survey into the integrity of the current system. It states: “It is felt that whilst this approach does not provide a full renewal of the paint system, it offers an appropriate balance between full blast cleaning and repainting of the whole bridge and good value for money.”

If the work goes ahead, two-way temporary signal control will be introduced on the busy bridge, which is the gateway to Norfolk from Lincolnshire.



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