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Flood repair cash goes to Sheffield roads

Transport minister Rosie Winterton will today announce a £6.3M funding package to help cover the costs of repairs to roads and bridges damaged by the summer floods in Sheffield.

The money will allow Sheffield City Council to begin repairs to two sites on the A6102. Further funds could be available depending on further claims from the council.

As a result of the storm this summer, the River Don rose by 3m and at two sites on the A6102, near to the Middlewood Tavern and adjacent to British Tissues, this caused part of the embankment supporting the road to collapse.

The road at these two sites is raised 18m and 12m respectively above the river.

The collapse near to the Middlewood Tavern was the most severe and as it was considered unsafe to allow vehicular traffic to pass at this point, the road was closed, however pedestrian and cycle access was maintained through the site. The collapse at British Tissues was not as severe and single way access under traffic lights has been maintained since the damage occurred.

Consultant Mott MacDonald is carrying out geotechnical surveys at both sites in order to design a repair solution. Contractors are expected to be appointed in January 2008, with work on site starting the following month until August 2008.

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