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In the top fl ight

Highways

Stage two of Sheffield's Inner Relief Road will run across the north of the city centre, completing a dual carriageway ring around the city and acting as a spur for the area's regeneration.

Picking up where phase 1B ends just to the west of the River Don near the Royal Victoria hotel, the first major task is to construct a four lane gyratory in deep cutting beside the railway line. A new railway underpass will also be built using 40m long steel beams up to 3m deep.

Work starts here this spring.

The road then heads west to a second, two lane gyratory which will take traffic over the River Don.

A new bridge will be built here with an integral deck.

'Sheffield Council is left with maintenance and where possible we do without bearings and joints, ' says Jones. Construction here starts in October.

The road swings south to a new roundabout, to be sited on the current ambulance depot. It then heads west again where it connects with existing dual carriageways at another new roundabout.

The speed limit along the entire route will be 30mph, which allows tighter radius curves - vital for negotiating the many obstacles along the route. All pedestrian crossings will be at grade.

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