Improving One Of Sheffield’s Most Well-known Roads
Tinsley Viaduct is probably one of the most well-known roads in South Yorkshire; in fact it was the first 2-tier bridge of its kind in the UK back in 1968.
The Sheffield structure, which marked its 50 year anniversary in March this year, carries the M1 and the A631 roads 3,389 feet over the Don Valley.
Highways England looks after this impressive viaduct and next month (August) a number of vital improvements will be carried out to the barriers, footpaths, drains, and road surface of the lower deck.
Highways England project manager Russell Mclean said:
“Tinsley Viaduct is a unique piece of our road network and that is why we carry out regular inspections and maintenance work to ensure it remains in good working order and continues to provide a vital road link for the community.
“We will be making full use of the road closures by carrying out a range of maintenance and improvement work. This includes replacing the barriers and improving facilities for pedestrians, improving safety along this route.”
As part of the £4.5m scheme, around 2.5 miles of safety barriers will be replaced, the steel structure will be waterproofed, 20,000 square metres of resurfacing will be put down and just over a mile of footpath will be improved.
The work will be carried out in 3 phases starting on the northbound carriageway. The majority of traffic will be diverted on to the adjacent service road. A reduced speed limit of 30mph will be in place.
HGVs will be diverted on to the local road network via Meadowhall Road and Meadowhall Way. For the northbound closure they will also use Blackburn Meadows Way.
Work on phase 1 of the scheme will start on Monday 6 August on the northbound carriageway and is expected to last 11 weeks. In November phase 2 of the scheme will start on the service road and traffic will be unaffected. Once that section has been completed phase 3 will start on the southbound carriageway with the same traffic arrangements as the northbound closure.
Around 9 different contractors will be working on site 24/7 to ensure the work is completed as quickly and safely as possible.
Back in 1968 this 2-tier road bridge cost £6m to build and was constructed using steel box girders - it contains 12,500 tonnes of steel and 81,000 tonnes of concrete.
Improving One Of Sheffield’s Most Well-known Roads, 6th July 2018, 14:52 PM