WORK is set to start on the £46 million upgrade adding a third lane to the Parkway between Rotherham and Sheffield.
It is hoped the increased capacity will reduce journey times — but the completion date has slipped from spring 2022 to autumn 2022.
Junction 33 — on the intersecting M1 — will also benefit from carriageway improvements and resurfacing.
Other benefits include a 50mph limit to improve road safety and cut carbon emissions, as part of RMBC’s clean air zone plans.
Cllr Denise Lelliott, cabinet member for jobs and the local economy, said: “We can’t wait to see work get under way. The road is vital in connecting Rotherham with Sheffield and links to the M1.
“The works will make a real difference to thousands of commuters’ journeys in the region every day and will also feed into our ongoing work to improve the air quality in the borough.”
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Both the northbound and southbound slip roads from the M1 to junction 33 will be expanded to four lanes.
Rotherham Council said Balfour Beatty would use a local supply chain throughout the project, with “significant” use of small and medium businesses within a 40-mile radius.
Thomas Edgcumbe, regional managing director for Balfour Beatty, said: “We are proud to be delivering this significant scheme which, upon completion, will improve journey times and reduce congestion for the travelling public on this vital A-road.
“Through local SME spend, the scheme will also help to boost the economy in the Rotherham and Sheffield areas.”
The Advanced Manufacturing Park is expected to benefit, although residents at Catcliffe raised concerns about the extra pollution from traffic.