£46million works to widen Sheffield Parkway set to get underway
Work is due to start on the £46 million upgrade of the Sheffield to Rotherham Parkway, including lane widening and a new speed limit.
The Rotherham section of the parkway – which currently has a speed limit of 70mph – will be reduced to 50mph, and widened to three lanes.
Both the northbound and southbound slip roads from the M1 to junction 33 will be expanded to four lanes, and streetlights, road surfaces and signs will be replaced.
The project is due to start in February 2021 and expected to finish in the Autumn of 2022.
Councillor Denise Lelliott, Rotherham Council’s cabinet member for jobs and the local economy, said: “We can’t wait to see work get underway on the transformation of the Parkway. The road is vital in connecting Rotherham with Sheffield and links to the M1.
“The works will make a real difference to thousands of commuters’ journeys in the region every day and will also feed into our ongoing work to improve the air quality in the borough.”
The council has been working alongside Balfour Beatty on the design of the scheme since early 2018.
Thomas Edgcumbe, managing director for Balfour Beatty’s regional north and midlands business, said: “We are proud to be delivering this significant scheme which, upon completion, will improve journey times and reduce congestion for the travelling public on this vital A-road.
“Through local SME spend, the scheme will also help to boost the economy in the Rotherham and Sheffield areas.”