Manchester Road temporary lights in place until Thursday 18 February

Manchester Road temporary lights expected to be there until Thursday 18 February
Manchester Road temporary lights expected to be there until Thursday 18 February

Work to tackle serious subsidence on A57 Manchester Road continues

Temporary traffic signals on Manchester Road
Temporary traffic signals on Manchester Road

During Crosspool Forum’s April Open Meeting, it was reported that the temporary traffic signals and roadworks on the A57 Manchester Road are one year old this May.

The work is the result of a serious subsidence problem which has spread significantly since it was first identified and is now affecting the retaining wall.

Although it may appear to regular users of the road that little has been done other than the siting of temporary signals, Amey has been monitoring the subsidence and has drilled several boreholes as part of its investigations. It appears that the problem is more complex than originally believed, meaning further surveys have been required.

Two options have been identified to stabilise the ground and stop further subsidence. The first involves driving concrete pilings, twelve metres in length, into the ground to support the embankment.

The second, reported recently in the Sheffield Star, uses electricity. The method involves inserting electrodes into the ground: the electrical current stabilises the ground beneath by altering the properties of the rock and soil. This method has been used successfully in similar situations and may be an option for the A57.

Our councillors and Amey inform us that the work is due to start in May or June so we may have seen the last of the chicane by the end of summer.

Manchester Road roadworks could last until 13 June

Temporary traffic lights on Manchester Road
Temporary traffic lights on Manchester Road

Temporary traffic signals have gone up on Manchester Road, causing delays to commuter traffic.

The area affected is between the junction of Tapton Mount Close and Tapton House Road. The work by Yorkshire Water is scheduled to last until 13 June 2012.

A bus stop on the south side of Manchester Road has also been temporarily moved further up the street to accommodate the roadworks.

More information on the work from Balfour Beatty:

This work is being carried out as part of our ongoing schemes to renew water mains throughout Yorkshire in order to help prevent bursts and boost the drinking water quality.

This work consists of renewing a section of 4 inch cast iron water main at Manchester Road between Fulwood Road and Tapton House Road which will take approximately 8 weeks to complete.

We will be starting work 8 May 2012 at the Junction of Tapton House Road, progressing towards the junction of Sale Hill using 2 way traffic lights for safety. The work between Sale Hill and the junction of Fulwood Road will only be carried out on Sundays or during school holidays using 3 way traffic lights for safety.  Traffic lights will be manned at peak times to aid with traffic flow.

We understand the inconvenience these road works and traffic management cause to motorists but hope you appreciate this is in place for everyone’s safety while we carry out these essential water improvement works.

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Sandygate Road pedestrian crossing plea rejected

A request to install traffic lights and a pedestrian crossing at the Sandygate Road/Coldwell Lane/Carsick Hill Road junction is set to be rejected by Sheffield City Council.

Highways officers investigated the feasibility of a scheme but concluded that there were other sites in the South West Community Assembly area with a higher number of accidents where money would be better spent.

If you are interested in hearing more about the report then it is due to be discussed at the assembly meeting on Monday at Wesley Methodist Church in Crookes.

Sandygate Road, Coldwell Lane and Carsick Hill Road junction
Sandygate Road, Coldwell Lane and Carsick Hill Road junction

Support for new traffic lights on Sandygate Road

This week’s Sheffield Telegraph states that councillors are due to consider a report regarding a possible new set of traffic lights on Sandygate Road:

Traffic lights plea

A report is due to presented soon to councillors after a 26-name petition was submitted to the council asking for traffic lights at the junction of Sandygate Road, Coldwell Lane and Carsick Hill Road at Sandygate.

The small news item can be found on page 15 of the Thursday 9 September edition.