A57 Todwick work starts

This picture shows what many people having been waiting years for – work to improve the A57 at Todwick finally beginning.

Archaeology and ecology surveys of the site have taken place and construction work on the 2.5km stretch began yesterday.

Ringeway Infrastructure has been awarded the contract to carry out the £14.7 million scheme to improve the road from the Todwick crossroads to Junction 31 of the M1 motorway.

Motorists are being reminded that although a temporary reduced speed limit will operate on the A57 during the works, there will be no need to actually close the A57 itself.

However, Todwick Road will be closed at a date to be announced later when it is realigned to the proposed new roundabout at Todwick crossroads. Access to properties in the immediate vicinity will be maintained.

There will be no access to Todwick crossroads from Kiveton Lane at certain times when this route is also realigned, although traffic will still be able to turn from Todwick crossroads into Kiveton Lane. The exact timing of this part of the work will also be announced later.

As works progress on the scheme traffic will gradually be moved to the new sections of carriageway as they are completed.

The new route is expected to be open to traffic in early 2014.