Road scheme completed ahead of time

Published Wednesday, 11th November 2015
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Engineers work on Old Flatts Bridge

A complex and technically challenging scheme of engineering work to Old Flatts Bridge which carries the A630 Sheffield Parkway has been completed four weeks ahead of time and well within budget.

Work started in September 2014 to refurbish and repair the bridge, which carries the A630 Rotherham Gateway to the Sheffield Parkway over railway lines near to junction 33 of the M1.

This route carries over 50,000 vehicles a day as the key link between Rotherham and Sheffield and the M1 motorway.

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, Rotherham Council’s Advisory Cabinet Member for Housing and the Local Economy, 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,” she added.

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

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 £5 million of DfT funding with over £1 million being contributed by the Council.  

The other successful scheme was the work to change the Pool Green (Main Street) roundabout, Masbrough, into a crossroads with traffic signals, and now renamed as ‘New York Junction’.

The 'Pinch Point' initiative is intended to relieve existing or potential congestion hot spots on the nation’s principal roads.