First photos of £32m Kings Dyke crossing that opens on Monday
- Credit: Terry Harris
The £32m Kings Dyke crossing at Whittlesey opens on Monday – six months ahead of schedule.
Work began two years ago this month and the pace of delivery has delighted Cambridgeshire County Council.
It will be known as the Ralph Butcher Causeway after the local councillor for fought for it for 50 years.
Most recent progress to begin constructing a new crossing began in 2014 with a public consultation which found 95 per cent respondents in support.
Jones Bros of Wales won the contract which includes constructing a new road and bridge over the Ely to Peterborough railway line.
You can see the speed of progress from their schedule produced following being awarded the contract.
Programme of Works
- 1 Cambridgeshire hit by wave of catalytic converter thefts
- 2 Man dies after two-vehicle crash on A14
- 3 Multiple crews called to ‘accidental’ building fire
- 4 Sainsbury's deliver postmen nightmare over parking rules
- 5 Slimming World consultant, Sharon, marks 25 years at organisation
- 6 Man who glassed another man in the head after a fight jailed
- 7 Man suspected of touching child outside supermarket
- 8 Wife pays tribute to academic Andrew 'fascinated by the world'
- 9 Cathedral offers the perfect spot to exercise a giraffe!
- 10 6 years jail for man who lashed into brother with metal pole
July 2020 Earthworks start
August 2020 Main site compound built
October/November 2020 Foundations for two key structures (underpass and the bridge) commence
February 2021 underpass scheduled for completion
July 2021 railway bridge scheduled for completion
March 2021 to December 2022 phase 2 and 3 earthworks as well as highway construction works
Jones Bros won the contract after the county council went back to the market last September after failing to agree a final price with original preferred contractor Kier.
The council said: “As a result of this process the total required budget for the project has now reduced from £41.6m to £32m.”
Jones has been widely praised for their efforts, picking up on the way three awards at the CIPR East Anglia Awards to recognise community involvement in a landmark project