VIDEO: Paving the way to smoother streets in Sheffield

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Shiny new asphalt is gleaming along 75 miles of roads and 110 miles of footpaths after the first year of Sheffield’s £2 billion Streets Ahead project.

Sheffield Council and contractor Amey are keen to stress the achievements of the project so far, which has also included replacing 4,000 streetlights with energy-saving models.

Sheffield Council leader Julie Dore and Chris Morris, operations director for contractor Amey with workers carrying out resurfacing on Dyke Vale Road, Hackenthorpe

Sheffield Council leader Julie Dore and Chris Morris, operations director for contractor Amey with workers carrying out resurfacing on Dyke Vale Road, Hackenthorpe

And over the next four years work will continue at the rate of up to 180 miles of road a year.

The Star can reveal eight more areas where work is due to start in the New Year - Ecclesfield, Darnall, main roads around the Manor, Greystones, Waterthorpe, Chapeltown, Broomhall and Woodhouse.

Resurfacing is currently taking place in 15 areas and is scheduled to begin in the coming weeks around Gleadless Valley, Meadowhead, Woodseats, Beauchief and Hutcliffe Wood.

To mark the anniversary of work starting, Sheffield Council leader Julie Dore and Chris Morris, Amey’s operations director, visited Dyke Vale Road, Hackenthorpe, where the scheme is in progress.

Coun Dore said: “Streets Ahead is on time and on budget and will transform the roads from some of the country’s worst to the best.”

Mr Morris said: “We will be ramping up the speed of work over the coming year.”

He said that as well as the road revamp work, Amey’s achievements over the past year have included cutting 2.8 million square metres of grass, collecting 75 tonnes of litter each week, and cleaning 63,500 gullies.

Dyke Vale Road residents said the disruption during three weeks of work, in which the road was shut and buses diverted, was worth it.

Barbara Sedman, aged 44, a care assistant, said: “The road is getting better all the time, and it is only five minutes’ walk to catch the bus on the main road.”