Monday, May 13, 2013

News: End in sight for A57 scheme


Work is still on schedule for the £14.7m improvement programme on the dual carriageway at the A57 in Rotherham.

The council scheme will see a 1.5 mile section of the A57 turned into a dual carriageway from the Todwick crossroads to Junction 31 of the M1 motorway. The work also includes replacing the crossroads with a roundabout.

Contractors Ringway Infrastructure Services started on site last September and the new road is expected to be fully open to traffic early next year.

The works initially focused on earthworks, drainage, boundary works and large scale utility diversions but have now moved on to completing the new roundabout as well as the Todwick Road approach to the new roundabout.

In order for this stage to be safely completed it has been necessary to close the B6463 Todwick Road, between Pocket Handkerchief Lane and Todwick Crossroads.

It was originally anticipated that this road would be re-opened next week but due to a combination of poor winter weather and the opportunity to bring forward other works originally planned for later in the programme, the road will now re-open in two weeks time, on Monday May 20.

David Phillips, transportation and highways projects manager for Rotherham Borough Council, said: "We appreciate that the closure of Todwick Road causes inconvenience for both local people and businesses. However, its closure was essential to allow this part of the project to be completed in both a safe environment and with minimum delay overall as a longer closure at this time will reduce disruption later in the scheme."

The Department for Transport granted £11.8m for improvements and Rotherham Council has committed £2.9m for the long-awaited scheme.

A public enquiry was concluded last year when the planning inspector agreed with the council that the scheme would improve road safety and bring huge economic and regeneration benefits to the area.

The scheme improves an important 1 mile stretch of road between the M1 and A1 and supports the continued regeneration of the former coalfields at Dinnington which is now a thriving business location.

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