Dearne motorists warned to expect delays during roadworks

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Dearne motorists are being warned to expect long-term delays during works on a major road in Rotherham.

Work to repair the Old Flatts Bridge on the Rotherham end of the A630 Parkway began last week and will continue into next year.

From mid-October through to early February 2015, off-peak night time lane closures will be used to carry out the preparatory works for the main phase of the traffic management scheme, which is due to start next spring. From then until when the work is completed in November 2015, traffic will run on two narrow lanes in both directions at all times using contra-flow lanes.

Coun Maggie Godfrey, cabinet member for safe and attractive neighbourhoods, said the £4 million improvement work was “vital” in order to keep traffic moving safely along what is a major route.

She added: “The work will ensure the integrity of the bridge for many years to come on what is the main link between Rotherham and Sheffield as well as the motorway network. If the works are not completed it would have serious implications on vehicles using the Parkway.

“Traffic disruption will be kept to a minimum but unfortunately some inconvenience is inevitable and so we apologise to road users if their journeys are delayed.”

The work is part of the wider ‘Pinch Point’ initiative to relieve congestion hot spots on the nation’s roads.