Monday, November 23, 2015

News: Parkway bridge job completes

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Work has been completed on budget and four weeks ahead of time to refurbish and repair the Old Flatts Bridge, which carries the A630 Rotherham Gateway to the Sheffield Parkway over rail lines.

The Old Flatts bridge is the first bridge that drivers on the Parkway cross when heading towards Waverley, the site of the Enterprise Zone and Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) and towards the centre of Sheffield from the M1 Motorway.

The route carries over 50,000 vehicles a day and contractors Eurovia began work in September 2014. Careful planning of the works meant that they could be carried out without having to close any of the four traffic lanes; although there were speed restrictions during the period that work took place.

Cllr Denise Lelliott, advisory cabinet member for Housing and the Local Economy at Rotherham Council, said: "I am very pleased to see that this important engineering scheme was completed four weeks early and within budget.

"We thank motorists for their understanding while these works were taking place, however this was vital work to ensure the safety of the bridge on this major route for many years to come.

"If these works had not taken place it would have had serious implications for vehicles using the Parkway."

The £4m scheme was partly-funded by the Department for Transport (DfT).

In recent years the Highway Agency has completed pinch point schemes, reducing congestion and improving journeys for drivers around Junction 33 of the M1 at Catcliffe. The government-funded schemes involved widening the northbound and southbound exit slip roads and roundabout, helping to ease congestion.

Closer to the Waverley development, CR Reynolds, was appointed by developers, Harworth Group, to widen Poplar Way in a £1.8m project.

Old Flatts was one of two successful pinch point schemes submitted by the Council to the DfT last year which attracted a total of over £5m of Government funding with over £1m being contributed by the Council.

The other successful scheme was the work to change the Pool Green roundabout on the edge of the town centre into a crossroads with traffic signals - now renamed as New York Junction.

Images: Eurovia

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