Paving way forward for better roads across Sheffield city

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THE first roads in Sheffield have now received their smooth new surfaces as part of the £2 billion Streets Ahead programme.

Work has now being completed on 65 per cent of streets around Shiregreen.

Once the estate is complete, resurfacing will then start around the Ewden area, where workmen are currently renewing street lights.

The Carbrook area is third in line to receive the revamp.

Council contractor Amey has now revealed that Wisewood will follow in January.

Shiregreen resident Dawn Mitchell, an administration assistant, said: “The streets which are finished are so much better - they used to be like a jigsaw with different patches. The resurfacing gives the whole estate a better feel and the roads are nicer to drive on.”

Nick Hetherington, network manager for the company, said: “The streets in Shiregreen are the first to be completed in the city.

“At present, 65 per cent of the 16 miles of road on the estate have been finished. Work has been on time and without hitches. We thank residents for their co-operation.”

Mr Hetherington said Sheffield’s 1,180-mile road network has been broken into 108 zones. A small number of will be worked on at a time.

Some 300 of Amey’s 590 staff are working on the city-wide road and footpath resurfacing programme and replacement of streetlights, which will take five years to complete.

He said work in Wisewood would include main roads including Ben Lane and Hallowmoor Road as well as minor routes within the estate.

Jean Gleadall, who chairs Wisewood Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, said: “I’m delighted that our estate will have the work soon.

“Our landlord, Pennine Housing, has spent £3.4 million on environmental works and the upgraded roads will make ours a flagship estate.”