Lincolnshire road works to bring thousands of highway jobs
In North Lincolnshire, an estimated 4,000 new jobs are expected to be created thanks to £13.3M plan to improve the roads around a major housing development. In the early stages of the construction, the vast majority of work will be highway jobs.
The M181 Lincolnshire Lakes project outside of Scunthorpe will soon begin, with plans for more than 6,000 new homes to be built by 2028. In order for housing construction to take place, a new road configuration must be completed first. For the work, Highways England’s Growth and Housing Fund is providing £8.6 million for the project. The rest of the money will be brought to the project by the North Lincolnshire Council.
In talking with local media , Highways England chief executive Jim O’Sullivan said: “The £100m growth and housing fund is a key means by which Highways England is strengthening its contribution to local communities and economies, and I am delighted we have been able to make this significant award.
“The Lincolnshire Lakes project will unlock the development of two strategic sites, directly enabling the delivery of thousands of jobs and homes over the next 12 years. This is a good example of Highways England working with local partners and developers to provide road improvements, value for money and economic growth.”
Designed to stimulate improvements to the infrastructure, the Growth and Housing Fund was set aside to re-construct roadways from now until 2021. The fund is worth £100 million and is designed to be supported by local and private funding sources as well.
The Lincolnshire Lakes project includes the creation of a new roundabout nearly a mile away from where the M181 meets the M180. It also includes the construction of east-to-west link road. Local leaders are happy about the project in part because of the new highway jobs , new home construction, and all the other enhancements that will come with development.
“This marks yet another milestone in this huge development,” said North Lincolnshire Council leader Liz Redfern. “Besides new homes, there'll be new schools, pubs, restaurants, lakes, sport and leisure activities and community centres plus much more.”
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