Motorists and bus passengers face major disruption when a busy Doncaster road damaged by mining subsidence is closed for a week later this summer.
But the good news for the borough’s taxpayers is that the bill for the major repairs to the A60 will be picked up by the pit’s owners.
And it will finally mean an end to the 40mph speed limit which has been imposed for safety reasons since the road between Wadworth and Tickhill started to sink two years ago.
The six-week scheme to rebuild the road is being pencilled in for the school summer holidays to reduce traffic problems for drivers.
Hargreaves Services, who own the now redundant Maltby Colliery, are paying for the essential remedial work on the stretch of the A60 from Wellingley Lane to Wadworth Bar Farm.
It has been subject to a temporary speed limit for approaching two years while the council monitored the mining subsidence, procured improvements and gained funding from Maltby Colliery, which is the source of the subsidence.
The pit closed in April but the funding for the repairs was already in place.
The improvement works will begin on Monday, July 15, and take six weeks to complete.
To allow the work to take place safely, temporary traffic signals will be in operation during the first five weeks and the road will need to be closed for seven days in the week commencing Monday, August 19, so the carriageway can be resurfaced.
Coun Bill Mordue, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “It is important we continue to improve and maintain our road network.
“This scheme is another example of the council making major improvements to help speed up journey times and enhance the road user experience.
“We are doing all we can to minimise disruption and that is why the works are taking place during the school holidays when there are fewer road users.
“We would like to ask motorists and road users to bear with us during the works as they will see a real difference once these works are complete.”
During the road closure, a signposted diversion will be in place which will take all road users via the A631 through Tickhill, along Stripe Road to Rossington, the A638 Bawtry Road, Carr House Road, Balby Road, and back on to the A60 along Sandford Road and Tickhill Road.
Bus services for the residents of both Tickhill and Wadworth will be affected during the road closure but services will remain operational.
For more information on bus services visit Travel South Yorkshire or call Traveline on 01709 51 51 51.