Mexborough is being “bypassed” because of flyover demolition delays says cafe owner

The ongoing demolition of a well-known flyover bridge will continue to cause disruption to traders and commuters in Mexborough this week.

The main part of the bridge on Greens Way was removed on the weekend of April 23 & 24 but further work will now be necessary.

Diversions and additional signage will remain in place until the works are complete, with bosses expecting the area to reopen later this week.

The process of the bridge being demolished

Local radio Rockingham Radio has said that business in the town centre has suffered as a result of it now being difficult to access.

Helen McCabe, who works at the 30 Mexborough Café on the High Street, said the closure of the flyover which links the town to Doncaster has “made the town a lot quieter.”

“People don’t know where to go or where to park so it’s easier to just bypass us completely,” she added.

The flyover was constructed in 1968 but was deemed to pose a risk to the safety of pedestrians and motorists if it wasn’t removed.

In the interests of public safety, highways bosses said the removal of the bridge, agreed by ward councillors and Doncaster Council representatives, was the ‘only feasible option remaining’.

The bridge has been demolished but the road has not yet opened

The flyover was closed in June 2021 as a result, with buses and traffic being diverted past the town centre.

(Credit to user Andy M on Twitter @bigajam)

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council director of economy and environment Dan Swaine said: “We’d like to thank residents for their patience during this time. Slightly overrunning is unfortunate but unavoidable given the complexities surrounding bridge demolition. Work will commence again after the bank holiday and the road should re-open again by the end of next week.

“We apologise for this further unplanned inconvenience and would like to thank residents and, in particular, nearby businesses for their continued patience while these necessary safety works are completed.”

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