A main route through north Manchester is being improved as part of an eight million pound scheme.
The northbound stretch of Broadway, from Nuthurst Road to Moston Lane, is to be resurfaced this week, improving safety on the main route which is used by nearly 19,000 vehicles a day.
Work began on the stretch of road on Saturday October 24 and the road will be reopened on Sunday November 1.
It is the first route to be improved under a scheme announced by Manchester City Council earlier this year.
Improvements are also planned for a three mile stretch of Stockport Road, from Devonshire Street in Ardwick to Lloyd Road in Levenshulme, a three mile stretch of Hyde Road, from Ardwick roundabout to Kingsdale Road in Gorton, and for other routes in the city including stretches of Palatine Road in south Manchester.
Funding for the project is made up of £1.69m from the council’s own clean city fund alongside £6.34m of money which, working with Transport for Greater Manchester, the council successfully applied for from the Department for Transport.
A 20 per cent contribution towards the cost of the scheme was needed in order to secure the DfT money, and cash from the city’s £14.5m clean city fund – provided by the council’s shareholding in Manchester Airports Group (MAG) – was used to ensure the project is provided with no cost to Manchester council tax payers.
The fund was provided largely due to MAG’s sell-off of Standsted, and is being used to provide one off projects which will benefit the city’s appearance and environment.
Councillor Kate Chappell, Manchester City Council’s executive member for the environment, said: "Broadway is the first of a series of well used routes across the city that will see huge improvements under the scheme. These are some of the busiest routes in the city, and they are also roads which we receive large numbers of complaints about.
"We need real investment in our roads and these improvements will also link with other planned projects to help us create a road network fit for a growing 21st century city."