Work to start at accident blackspot

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LONG-AWAITED work to improve one of South Yorkshire’s most notorious accident spots is to start next month.

Work will start to widen the A57 between the Todwick crossroads and junction 31 of the M1 on September 10.

The £14.7 million scheme will include creating a dual carriageway and roundabout at the crossroads.

Politicians and residents have been lobbying for 30 years for improvements on the stretch of road, which has seen accident after accident.

A temporary speed limit will operate during the works, but the A57 will remain open.

Todwick Road, however, will be closed at a future date, still to be announced, while it is realigned to the new roundabout.

Access to properties in the immediate vicinity will be maintained.

There will be no access to the crossroads from Kiveton Lane at certain times when this route is also realigned, although traffic will still be able to turn from Todwick Crossroads into Kiveton Lane.

The new route is expected to open by early 2014.

Coun Gerald Smith, cabinet member development on Rotherham Council, said: “It has been a long and very frustrating process over the years but we will finally see the work start on this much-needed scheme.”