“It’s one of the most complex and largest highways projects the city council has ever undertaken. And now it’s finished,” John Holdich writes.
“The Fletton Parkway expansion project started in February 2014 and the final overnight closure to complete the resurfacing took place at the end of last week.
“This is a vital improvement to enable the city to continue to grow; as well as helping to create new jobs and homes for future generations of Peterborians. I know that residents become frustrated with roadworks (don’t we all) but we have to weigh this up against what is necessary for the future prosperity of the whole city, and everyone that lives here.
“In a nutshell the project means that the road can cope with additional traffic which is needed for business and for planned future housing. We have widened the parkway from two to three lanes in each direction between junction 1 and junction 2 and our officers have achieved a good result for the local taxpayer.
“The Fletton Parkway was in need of some major maintenance before the project began and this would have cost in the region of £9million to maintain the status quo. Instead we have worked hard to gain funding from government and other external sources to keep the cost to the council to £4.5million. That’s about a quarter of the total cost of the expansion project.
“We always want to complete projects as soon as possible and I would like to thank our officers and contractors for their hard work. They have overcome a number of significant challenges during the project which could not have been predicted at the start. Most notably, there was a large amount of contaminated soil discovered which could not have been foreseen. But we applied for additional government funding to cover the extra costs and we received a £900,000 grant to cover the majority of what we spent to remove it.
“You will still see workers finishing up some work on the verges over the next couple of weeks and any cones on the parkway will just be for their safety. And of course thank you for your patience.
And before you ask….Bourges Boulevard is not too far away either. We have started the final programme of overnight closures to resurface the road and I ensure readers that this will be finished by the end of the month. But again these improvements are needed. It’s not the only factor but these works have encouraged private plans to come forward to further regenerate the city centre. We have a clear vision for Peterborough and this short-term disruption will help build a strong and prosperous city equipped for the future.
“Just a quick mention to the youngsters who are taking part in the National Citizen Service summer programme where 50 have just left to take part in an activities week. When they come back they are choosing a social impact project to complete for the benefit of the community. There’s another trip in August and still a few places available – find out more by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
“A big well done to our planning team who were named the best in country by the Royal Town Planning Institute.
“They are a tremendously talented and hard-working bunch and thoroughly deserve this accolade.”