|Location Map ( geo)|
|To:||Spalding By Pass (TF242195)|
|Distance:||2.7 miles (4.3 km)|
|Meets:||A151, B1180, B1172, A1175, A16|
|Former Number(s):||A151, A1073|
|Route outline (key)|
The B1173 is an urban B-road through the Lincolnshire town of Spalding. The road was originally numbered A151 to the north of the town centre and B1140 (later renumbered A1073) to the south but gained its number in the 2000s following the construction of the A16 eastern bypass.
The road starts at a roundabout above the River Welland where it meets the A151 and B1180. The road heads upstream along the right bank of the river and becomes one-way southbound at one of the road junctions. There are a few footbridges over the river but we don't reach another road bridge until we reach the town centre. At the far end of the High Street traffic lights provide access over the Welland to reach the B1172.
The road now becomes two-way but remains on the river bank, with the B1172 on the other bank. We pass the church and museum and continue into the suburbs. After crossing the Coronation Channel (a drain to alleviate flooding) there's another road bridge where the B1172 leaves us. We leave the Welland behind as well just afterwards and run out into the fields. The New River (another drain) is off to the right but no longer adjacent. The road soon bends to the left to end at a roundabout where it meets the A16 and A1175.