Work on a new £1 million roundabout as part of a revamp in Stocksbridge is to begin next week – and motorists are warned to expect disruption.
The Highways Agency has confirmed its project to create the new roundabout on the A616 Stocksbridge bypass will start on Monday and continue until September.
The roundabout will improve access to the Tata Steel site and is a pre-cursor to the multi-million pound Fox Valley redevelopment on former industrial land.
A reduced speed limit of 30mph, and the use of narrow lanes, will be in force for the duration of the scheme.
Motorists were advised to allow extra time for journeys and check conditions although disruption would be kept to a ‘minimum’.
“Road users and residents are being advised that, from Monday, just over half a mile of the A616 will be affected by the day-to-day works,” said a Highways Agency spokesman.
“All lanes will remain open during peak hours but temporary traffic signals will be used when necessary.”
Overnight there will also be a series of closures on the westbound lane of the A616, affecting two-and-a-half miles of road.
Henry Boot Construction is leading the transformation of land off Manchester Road into a mixed-use development to create a new ‘commercial heart’ and up to 900 jobs.
Stocksbridge and Penistone MP Angela Smith said: “It will not only bring many needed jobs to the valley but will improve Stocksbridge’s retail offer tremendously.
“However, much work is required before, and unfortunately the construction of the island is necessary.
“Hopefully it won’t cause too many problems and will be completed as quickly as possible.”