Wednesday, February 11, 2015

News: £5.8m funding bid for Centenary Way work

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Rotherham Council is hoping to secure £11m in Government funding to carry out critical work to the A630, a key transport route through the borough.

In December, the Government released the details of their Local Highway Maintenance Challenge Fund, a £575m fund available to local highway authorities over six years on a competitive bid basis. To meet the strict criteria, potential schemes in Rotherham and Doncaster are to make up a bid for a total of £18.3m via the Combined Authority that operates in the Sheffield city region.

The scheme in Rotherham includes two major schemes of work, both on the A630 that runs between Rotherham's boundary with Sheffield in the west through to the Doncaster boundary in the east, forming key strategic links to the M1 from Rotherham town centre, the Rotherham urban area, and the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP).

Major work is required on the Crinoline Bridge, a key section of the A630 Centenary Way that plays a critical role in managing traffic movements through and around the town centre, forming part of both the inner and outer ring road.

The bridge is close to the interchange and the new junction created for the Tesco development on Drummond Street. Scheduled inspections over the past 20 years have revealed severe issues with the bridge joints. More recent specialist inspections have identified severe corrosion and concrete spilling over large areas. The life expectancy of the bridge has dramatically reduced and the most cost effective solution is to rebuild the top of the abutments and replace the deck of the bridge to modern design standards. The work is expected to cost £5.8M with the Council chipping in at least £580,000.

The second part of the project would target carriageways and footways on the A630 that are in a critical condition as identified by condition data analysis. Opportunities to provide match funding will be sought from other planned highway improvements e.g. cycle-ways along the route. Again, the approximate value of works is £5.8M with a capital contribution from the Council of at least £580,000.

Council funding is expected to come from prudential borrowing.

A covering letter from the chair of the Combined Authority is expected to say: "These bids offer real benefits to the City Region's economy, offer value for money and are deliverable within the proposed timeframe at low risk and do not require major statutory approvals."

Images: Chrisfp on Flickr used under Creative Commons licence.

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