The Department of Transport (DfT) has given the green light to millions of pounds of funding for two major highways projects in North East Lincolnshire.
The projects include work to restore Grimsby’s historic and Grade 2 listed Corporation Road Bridge (pictured).
A plan has now been formally approved that sees £2.967m of DfT funding released for repairs.
North East Lincolnshire Council has already set aside a further £1.83m and an additional £170,000 from the Local Transport Fund to allow the £4.967m project to go-ahead.
The other is the reconstruction of Estate Road 2 on the Pyewipe Industrial Estate, at a cost of £2m. Both projects will be managed by ENGIE, on behalf of North East Lincolnshire Council.
The refurbishment of Corporation Bridge will enable it to function as a ‘moveable’ structure for years to come.
Opened by His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales in 1928, it was built at a cost of £60,000 (more than £3m in today’s money) and is a Scherzer rolling bascule bridge – moveable with a counterweight that continuously balances a span, or ‘leaf’, throughout its upward swing, providing clearance for boat traffic.
The bridge falls within Grimsby’s Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) and is recognised as a significant symbol of the town’s industrial heritage.
The HAZ, a 2.5km stretch from 17-19 Wellowgate to the Kasbah, contains historic buildings and structures.
North East Lincolnshire Council, its regeneration partner ENGIE and Historic England are working together on plans for their future.
Detailed planning for the Corporation Bridge work will now start, with specialists appointed and time scales identified.
Meanwhile, Estate Road 2 will also receive attention in the coming months, with its deteriorating carriageway and footways completely reconstructed.
Councillors agreed to release £1.9m of capital funding and £180,000 from the approved Local Transport Plan to facilitate the work.