A mini-army of engineers is poised to swing into action on one of Manchester’s busiest roads and carry out Mancunian Way’s annual maintenance inspection later this month.
Commuters are reminded to plan ahead and prepare for the 48 hour closure between Chester Road and Fairfield Street that will allow all the work to be completed over the single weekend of 25 and 26 March.
Up to 100 engineers will be working round the clock throughout this weekend and in addition to the safety inspection – which is a legal requirement – other work will also be carried out. This includes routine maintenance on street lighting, crash barriers, signage, gully cleaning and any additional carriageway repairs.
Carrying out this additional work during this weekend means that disruption to drivers is minimised – and the risk of short-notice emergency work is minimised. Because underground chambers have to be examined, it is necessary to stop all vehicles.
Transport for Greater Manchester has created a travel information page – www.tfgm.com/mancunian-way – to help people who need to travel on the weekend of the closure.
Diversionary routes will be clearly signposted, but drivers are advised to plan their journey – avoiding driving across the city centre if possible - and to allow a little extra journey time. People are also advised to think about swapping their car for public transport if possible.
The weekend 25/26 March has been selected as there are no major sporting or other events taking place in the city this weekend.
Councillor Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Environment, said: “Over 50,000 vehicles per day use the Mancunian Way and whilst we appreciate that drivers might be inconvenienced during the closure, we are legally required to do this and want to ensure the safety of all our road users. Working in partnership with TfGM we hope to minimise any potential travel disruption this weekend.”
For travel information please visit www.tfgm.com/mancunian-way