Sheffield roads work will be tough but worth it

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REVAMPING Sheffield’s roads in a £2 billion project will be ‘tough in some areas’ but ‘worth it’ in the end.

That was the message given as dozens of people attended a roadshow in Shiregreen, where the work on the long-awaited Streets Ahead scheme is set to begin in September.

Motorists and residents quizzed officials from Sheffield Council and chosen contractor Amey on how the scheme will affect their community.

Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member responsible, said people were excited about the work starting.

He said: “When I talk to people it is really clear that one of their priorities is improving the roads in Sheffield but we can’t do this sort of work without a level of disruption.

“We will try to minimise that as much as possible and people will know in advance when we are coming to their community - but we can’t do it overnight.”

Coun Scott added: “It’s going to be tough in some areas, there will be concerns about disruption because they are digging up the roads but it will be worth it in the end.”

Shiregreen and Stocksbridge are the first areas where roads will be resurfaced under the work to renew all city highways and improve pavement and street lighting.

The road network has been divided by the council into 81 residential areas and 27 main road zones, which will be upgraded one at a time.

Work in the Shiregreen area is expected to take between 15 and 20 weeks.

Questions about keeping 1930s lampposts, which are coloured and used as road signs after a Sanctuary Housing project, were also asked by residents at the roadshow.

Coun Scott added: “This is one example of local characteristics we will preserve.

“A lot of people said the posts made Shiregreen special and they do, we wanted to reassure them that we will not be ripping them out.”