Grants boost for £8m road improvements

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Projects to repair a crumbling bridge on Sheffield Parkway and tackle traffic jams have been granted funding by the Government.

The Department for Transport will contribute £3.438 million towards the £4.911 million Rotherham Council scheme to change the Pool Green roundabout on the A630 Centenary Way into a crossroads controlled by traffic lights.

And £1.877 million has been provided by the department towards the £2.681 million maintenance scheme needed for the Old Flatts Bridge on the A630 Sheffield Parkway.

The bridge is the first after junction 33 when driving towards Sheffield and needs major maintenance work.

Because the bridge lies in Rotherham borough, Rotherham Council is paying the remaining cost - along with the extra funding needed for the Pool Green scheme.

Coun Gerald Smith, Rotherham Council cabinet member for regeneration, said: “This Government funding is really welcome because together with our own investment, it allows us to improve key points on our network.”