Todwick: Get ready for new road to reopen...

Aerial shot of the A57 dual carriageway under construction
Aerial shot of the A57 dual carriageway under construction

Finishing touches are being made to the £14.7 million A57 dual carriageway which replaces a notoriously dangerous stretch between junction 31 of the M1 and Todwick.

Lines are being painted, surfaces smoothed, verges landscaped and crossings installed along the 1.5 mile road ready for the reopening of all lanes in the next few days.

Project manager Neil Foster remains on site overseeing the last few tasks. And despite the project being around six weeks behind, he is pleased with progress.

“It was due to finish at the end of January but some really bad wet weather slowed things down for a time,” said Neil, a senior highways engineer for Rotherham Council.

“There have also been some problems with ground conditions with it being a greenfield site. But overall the weather has been quite kind and I think we’ve made good progress considering the sheer scale of this project.”

“I’m more than pleasantly surprised by the low number of complaints we’ve had. We have kept regular contact with residents and land owners and tried to work closely with them to resolve any issues.”

“There were a few complaints when we closed the road during the night for a couple of weeks. This was so we could resurface the section close to the junction with the M1 roundabout. But we tried to mitigate the impact by doing it between 9pm and 5am.”

This, along with further ‘patching up’ of potholes on the M1 roundabout are extra to the original scheme and have contributed to the delay.

“I’m really grateful for everyone’s patience since we started in September 2012,” said Neil.

“There have been traffic delays at peak times and it’s frustrating for people but I hope they can see the benefits of this new road which will be safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.”

“There is even a pegasus crossing for horses which connects two sides of the local bridleway.”

And so far the project spend has not exceeded the £14.7 million budgeted by the council.