The council’s highways contractor, Amey, is getting ‘winter ready’ in preparation for cold and icy weather over coming months.
All in a night’s work for the Streets Ahead resurfacing team
The city’s 2019 resurfacing programme is off to a smooth start following the completion of works on Europa Link and in Woodhouse recently.
In coming weeks, the focus will be on central areas, with numerous city centre routes set to be upgraded before the summer holiday period in July.
As part of the Streets Ahead highways programme, over 70 per cent of roads in the city have already been resurfaced by Amey, with the remainder of the network due to be completed, where required, before 2037.
Since the start of the contract, about 855 miles of road have been given a new lease of life in addition to benefiting from an overall improved street scene which includes the installation of more than 66,802 new LED streetlights and the resurfacing of more than 1,691 miles of pavement.
The programme of upcoming surfacing works is now available to view on the council’s website.
Philip Beecroft, Head of Highway Maintenance at Sheffield City Council said:
“Some people may have noticed that the start of the year was somewhat quieter in terms of the amount of roadworks going on across the city.
“During this period, Amey completed a review of last year’s surveys to identify which roads and pavements will be resurfaced in the next few months and this work has now started.
“Roadworks can be frustrating for road users and pedestrians but Amey’s programme is designed to cause minimal disruption by working during quieter periods and liaising with other utility companies where necessary.”
Melissa Wise, Project Director at Amey said: “We are now starting our programme in the city centre, targeting the worst-affected roads and working mostly at night to minimise disruption for local people and businesses during the day.”
After completion of Parkwood Road, the team has now moved on to Clarkson Street and Glossop Road to begin resurfacing over five nights.
Melissa added: “We know that road closures and diversions can sometimes be disruptive, but it’s essential to ensure public safety and that of our employees.
“There’s a lot of heavy machinery on our sites and our priority has to be the safety of those both in and out of our work areas.”
Several streets in the city centre are due to be resurfaced in June, including Burgess Street, Matilda Street and Howard Road. This work will also be completed at night.
To find out more about the Streets Ahead works visit: www.sheffield.gov.uk/streetsahead
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