21 December 2015

It’s been another busy year for the Streets Ahead project, upgrading the city’s roads, pavements and streetscene and this will continue in 2016, with work starting in over 20 more zones.

In 2016 the team will begin working in more parts of the city centre, as well as on main roads including Sheffield Parkway, Penistone Road and Manchester Road. They will also move into a number of residential areas, including Birley, Foxhill and Sharrow.

Throughout the year, over 15,000 new LED street lights will be installed, 200 miles of road and 300 miles of pavement will be resurfaced, 30 traffic signal schemes will be upgraded and work will start on over 60 structures, like bridges.

Cllr Terry Fox, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said: “2015 has been a busy year for the Streets Ahead project. In 2015 we resurfaced over 500 miles of road and pavements and installed over 14,000 street lights.

“This is a very positive project for the whole city and at the end of the main upgrade works in 2017 we will have a road network that will rival those across Europe.”

Graeme Symonds, Streets Ahead’s Network Director, added: “We’re over half way through the first five years of the project and are now well underway with the upgrades to the roads, pavements and street lights. We’re looking forward to beginning work in over 20 more zones in 2016.

“We understand the importance of minimising the impact that our highways upgrades might have on the public and so we always provide as much advance information as possible to inform the public about when work in each area will begin and keep disruption to a minimum.

“We are asking all residents, businesses and drivers to help us to carry out the works as quickly and efficiently as possible by taking note of road closures, diversions and parking restrictions.”

Streets Ahead will not begin working in all zones in one go, but will stagger each zone over the year. Before works start in an area, the Streets Ahead team will be hosting roadshows to inform residents and answer any questions they may have.

To find out more information about when works will begin in your area, visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/streetsahead or follow us on Twitter @sccstreetsahead.