Work to upgrade traffic signals off busy Sheffield road to take 12 weeks

Roadworks around Hunters Bar roundabout are set to last for weeks
Roadworks around Hunters Bar roundabout are set to last for weeks
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Work to upgrade sets of traffic signals on one of Sheffield’s busiest roads is due to begin - and could last for three months.

The project will centre around three traffic signals close to Hunters Bar roundabout - located near the top of Ecclesall Road - and is likely to cause concerns as it is a regularly congested road and main highway through the city.

A sign advising motorists of the work and when it would begin was installed on the roundabout this week.

A spokesman for Sheffield Council contractor Streets Ahead said work would begin next Monday September 14 and was expected to take 12 weeks.

She said that it was hoped the work could be completed before the three month timeline and that the aim was to keep disruption to a minimum.

“Most of the work will be done from the pavement and when work is done from the road it will be at evenings and weekends outside of peak hours”, she added.

The road will not be closed in full but individual lanes may be shut as and when required during the programme.

The traffic signals concerned are at three different exits off the roundabout, on to Brocco Bank, up to Ecclesall Road South and on to Sharrow Vale Road.

Roadworks on the city’s second busiest road - Penistone Road, which is used by 60,000 cars a day - earlier this year caused traffic chaos for several weeks.

The project was to replace the roundabout on Penistone Road, Hillsborough, with a crossing, and to change the road layout near a new Sainsbury’s store.

Businesses said a temporary ban on cars turning right from Halifax Road had harmed their trade and motorists complained of long delays on their way to and from the city centre.