Streets are ready to ride

Final Tour De France preparations are made to the roads around Attercliffe in Sheffield
Final Tour De France preparations are made to the roads around Attercliffe in Sheffield
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Sheffield’s roads are ready to be ridden for the Tour de France after a resurfacing project.

All but one of the roads to be given a new coat were completed by the weekend, a month before the event passes through the city on July 6.

However other works - including the removal of traffic islands and adjusting street furniture - will continue until the day itself.

More than four miles of the Tour de France route has been resurfaced as part of the scheme.

The whole 24 mile route was surveyed, parts were patched or sealed, and safety barriers have been replaced.

Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for StreetScene, said: “We know the Tour is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to showcase Sheffield to the world, so all eyes are on us and we have to get it right.

“That’s why it was so important to us to bring forward the roads on the Tour route to make sure they were in better condition.

“Having spoken to some cyclists that have done the whole Yorkshire route, they say other areas have got a problem, they haven’t been able to put that level of resources in as we have.”

Staff have worked around the clock to complete the work as part of the Streets Ahead highways scheme and spent 35 days on the project.

Coun Scott said the benefits for residents would outlast the Tour, and the work had been done additionally.

He added: “We are not complacent but I am really proud of how quickly this work has been done and the quality of it.

“Across the city we have already resurfaced 149 miles of roads which are not on the route and all we have done is additional work, no work has been put back.”

One road, Salt Box Lane in Grenoside, is still undergoing work until mid June.