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£3.5m boost for two major roads projects

Government funding has been secured for multi-million pound improvements at key junctions in Lincoln and Sutterton.

The government has today pledged £2.5m for improvements to the A46/A15 Riseholme and Nettleham roundabouts in Lincoln. The money will be used to improve traffic flow by widening approach lanes and exits, cutting congestion and potentially unlocking 2,000 new homes and 50,000 sq m of commercial space.

The government is also providing £1m for the 'pinch point' project at the A16/A17 Sutterton roundabout. The scheme will see the approach lanes widened to increase traffic flow. This will enhance an important route that brings in much of the traffic from the south into the county and forms a strategic link for the agri-food sector. It could potentially unlock 150 new homes and 15,000 sq m of commercial space, creating or safeguarding around 200 jobs.

Cllr Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways, said: "Lincolnshire's roads are the arteries of the county - essential to its economic prosperity and quality of life.

"Both these projects will make a real difference, making it easier for people to get around and kick-starting developments that are potentially worth millions to the county economy.

"I'm delighted the government has made this funding available."

Both grants are subject to a full business case. The money is part of a larger £29.45m package awarded to the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership through the Single Local Growth Fund, which is designed to help create jobs, support businesses and encourage growth.

For further details on all major road projects taking place around the county, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/roadworks