Over the last few months work on the Boston Haven Banks Improvement Scheme has continued at pace, improving the sea defences downstream of Boston and helping to better protect over 17,000 properties along with the town’s new tidal flood barrier.
Contractors Jackson Hyder, working on behalf of the Environment Agency, have made good progress throughout the last few months and are currently making the most of the dry weather to complete earthworks to strengthen and raise the defences from Maud Foster to Hobhole on the north bank, and the Barrier site to RSPB Frampton Marsh on the south bank.
On the north bank the main section of earthworks around the Pilgrims car park and Jolly Sailor have nearly been completed, and work now moves towards the Havenside Country Park. Access through the park will be restricted during these works to allow for safe construction and will be opened again on completion, expected to be autumn/winter 2020.
On the south bank work is ongoing around the industrial estate and the landfill site.
In order to help protect workers, the general public, and reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus, Jackson Hyder are working to strict site rules in line with the Government coronavirus guidance. This includes social distancing, temperature checks, and enhanced PPE. Despite these additional measures, the project is due to be completed by the end of the year.
Works are also beginning at the Black Sluice Navigation Lock on London Road. The lock, which can also be used to discharge water from the South Forty Foot Drain, is due for its 10 year detailed inspection service. Whilst they have the lock drained down they will also be carrying out maintenance works to ensure that that this critical asset remains resilient and functional during any future flood incidents.
The lock will be closed for navigation until the beginning of September whilst the works are completed.