Work is about to begin to improve road safety and traffic flow on the B6089 through Greasbrough.
The mini roundabout where Coach Road meets Main Street and Potter Hill is being replaced by a three-way crossroads, with traffic lights and dedicated left and right turn lanes, to relieve congestion at this busy junction.
To improve safety and encourage travel on foot and by bike, paths around the junction will be widened to provide cycle routes, and new crossings for pedestrians and cyclists will be installed.
Rotherham Council’s Assistant Director of Planning, Regeneration and Transport, Simon Moss, said: “The B6089 is a vital route linking the north of our borough and the Dearne Valley with Rotherham town centre and the wider road network. Reducing queues at this key junction in Greasbrough will improve air quality for local residents and improve journey times for travellers across the borough.”
The new junction’s boundaries will extend onto the land where Greasbrough Town Hall used to stand, and this area will be landscaped and given new planting to provide a pleasant public space, as part of the scheme.
The work will be carried out by Esh Construction, on behalf of Rotherham Council, and will take place in two main phases:
Phase 1 will construct the boundaries of the new junction, create surface water drainage systems and install new cycle and foot paths; this will take place between April and July 2021.
Phase 2 will see construction of the new junction carriageways and installation of traffic lights and crossings; this will take place between November 2021 and spring 2022.
Between these two phases, utilities providers will move power and telecoms services.
To enable the work to take place, temporary traffic signals will be used; whenever possible use of these will be restricted to off-peak times and weekends.
It will also be necessary to close Coach Road westbound (towards Wingfield and Kimberworth) from 6 April 2021 and signed diversions will be in place.
Esh Construction’s Divisional Director, Steve Conn, said: “We are pleased to be appointed as the contractor for this project for Rotherham Council and will work with them to ensure any disruption is kept to a minimum for residents and road users. We ask for people to be patient and take care when travelling through the works until these improvements are completed.”
Esh Construction is committed to engaging the local workforce and procuring from local suppliers to maximise the social and economic value of this scheme for Rotherham borough.
These highway improvements are being funded by Sheffield City Region’s Local Growth Fund.
For more information visit www.rotherham.gov.uk/greasbrough-junction