FURIOUS residents have called for late-night roadworks to be restricted after being kept awake by diggers and road surfacers.
People living on The Chase estate at Aston said ongoing works to improve the A57 Aston Bypass could be heard as late as 11pm.
The works have also led to lengthy rush-hour delays for motorists heading towards the M1 at junction 31 in a morning and evening.
One resident, who did not want to be named, said: “The works are going on until stupid o’clock — it’s ridiculous.
“You can hear them digging the road, reversing the diggers and lorries until around 11pm.
“We don’t live as close to the bypass as some people and can hear it so I dread to think what it must be like for those a little bit nearer, especially if they have got kids.
“They should either close the road and put a diversion on or restrict the works that can be carried out late at night.”
Rotherham Borough Council said the works were part of the A618 Growth Corridor project to ease congestion around Rother Valley Country Park, Vector 31 industrial estate and the proposed Gulliver’s Valley theme park.
Colin Knight, the council's head of highways, said: “We apologise for any disturbance or inconvenience caused to residents during these roadworks.
“Although residents may experience some short-term disruption and noise, we hope that in the long-term traffic congestion will be eased for the area so that people will see the benefits of this work.
“The nature of some of the work which needs to take place requires severe restrictions on the movement of traffic.
“These can only be imposed at night-time when traffic volumes on the A57 and A618 are significantly reduced.
“However, every effort is being made to keep noise to a minimum for the duration of the night-time phase of the works, which is due to finish at the end of March.”
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