Todwick A57 accident blackspot improvement works begin

The A57 at Todwick Part of the A57 at Todwick will become a dual carriageway

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Construction work has started on a £14.7m scheme to improve a notorious accident blackspot in South Yorkshire.

More than 30 people have been injured on the A57 at Todwick, near Rotherham, between 2006 and 2011.

The scheme includes a dual carriageway on a part of the 2.5km stretch of road, a crossroads and roundabout.

A reduced speed limit is in operation until the work is finished. The project is expected to be completed by early 2014.

The council said the new road scheme would also reduce traffic congestion and delays.

Councillor Gerald Smith, from Rotherham Borough Council, said: "This road carries high levels of traffic so it needs to be as safe as possible. It has been troubled by road safety and congestion problems for years.

"It is also vital for the continued regeneration within the Dinnington area."

The council said it would maintain access to residents' properties while the construction was taking place.

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