Balfour Beatty has been awarded a £10.5 million contract to build a new road through Lincoln.
Work will start in November 2014 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.
The work includes building approximately two kilometres of new road including double lanes, bus-lanes and pedestrian crossings, and will link the High Street to Pelham Bridge with the route travelling along Tentercroft Street, a former coal yard at Sincil Drain, Canwick Road and Kesteven Street.
The scheme is intended to improve road traffic flows which have slowed following recent increases in level train crossings. It will also provide an opportunity for a section of the High Street to be pedestrianised and the new route will improve journey times and safety for road users.
Balfour Beatty will also demolish some Victorian buildings at the south east corner of the High Street and restore the facades on others. It will also provide drainage systems and storage tanks to prevent flooding, several signalised and pedestrian crossings, tactile paving and street lighting.
Stephen Semple, Balfour Beatty managing director for the East Midlands, said: “We are pleased to be working for Lincolnshire County Council to deliver this important project to reduce congestion and provide economic regeneration. Balfour Beatty has experience of successfully delivering city centre road and transport schemes and we put a high priority on engaging with the community to ensure that we operate considerately and sustainably.”