The first phase of the Finningley And Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) will open to motorists today.
By 4pm on Monday, 29 February, traffic will be allowed to use the new road between junction three of the M18 and Bawtry Road at Parrots Corner.
As well as supporting new developments along the route and at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, this new three mile stretch of road will is set to reduce congestion and cut journey times for people travelling to and from the south of Doncaster.
One of those new developments includes the regeneration of the former Rossington Colliery which will be accessed by a link from West End Lane in Rossington to FARRRS. The finishing touches are being made to this section and it will open within a few weeks.
Following on from the improvement of White Rose Way, the Doncaster Council working alongside its principal contractor Carillion has re-used 1.5 million tonnes of fill material to construct the highway embankments, including 1 million tonnes from the old colliery spoil heap.
The development includes six new bridges including ones over the River Torne and Mother Drain and two over railway lines.
Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones, said: “We have been committed to opening the new airport link road as soon it’s ready and I am delighted that road users will shortly be able to take advantage of the significant travel benefits it delivers.
“The new road is also a route to jobs and growth. The £400m iPort is progressing well, new homes are going up at the former Rossington Colliery site and with a host of new European flights announced by Doncaster Sheffield Airport it is already proving to be an economic success for Doncaster and the wider Sheffield City Region.”
The Doncaster Council led FARRRS project received financial assistance from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, backing from private sector partners Harworth Estates and the Peel Group and Verdion.
The project was also supported regionally by the Growing Places Fund and the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership along with contractor Carillion and designer, Mott MacDonald.