Work will take place to improve hundreds of Manchester’s roads within the next year, as Manchester City Council begins to implement its new five-year £100m highways investment programme.
More than £15m will be invested across the next 12 months to fund resurfacing of some of the city’s key roads, including Cheetham Hill Road and Palatine Road, alongside a preventative programme to significantly extend the lifespan of more than 300 highways, cycle lanes and footpaths.
Work will be carried out in every ward of the city during the first year of the programme. The schedule is being organised so that work is done as efficiently as possible, while minimising inconvenience to motorists and residents.
A key part of the five-year scheme is carrying out preventative work on roads which have been assessed as being at risk of deterioration, if they are not treated now. Taking early action will prevent the need for more costly major intervention in the future, saving both money and disruption.
More than 300 roads will receive preventative treatment in the first year of the scheme, with the first work having already begun on roads in Charlestown.
Preventative work will involve applying surface treatments to the roads, helping to prevent water damage and restore tyre grip, extending the road’s life by up to ten years. Major potholes will be fixed prior to the surface treatment being applied to the road.
Roads and footways have been prioritised for treatment with the help of data from the council's annual highway condition survey and through further assessment from engineers.
Roads allowing access to key public services such as schools and GP surgeries also being prioritised. Residents will be informed in advance of any work which is scheduled to take place in their area.
Executive Member for the Environment, Councillor Angeliki Stogia, said: “We know just how much our residents value the city’s roads and that they want to see them maintained to the highest possible standard. That’s why we have prioritised this £100m investment programme, which will result in significant, long-term improvements to our highways.
“Prevention is better than cure, so as well as tackling the blight of existing potholes, we are also taking action to treat hundreds more roads before potholes start to appear.
“To minimise disruption throughout the programme, we will phase the work to ensure that the long-term gain we all want for our roads doesn’t mean short-term pain for drivers, cyclists and residents.”
On Thursday 15 June at 5pm, Councillor Angeliki Stogia will be taking part in a Twitter Q&A to answer your questions about the highways programme. To take part, tweet your question, using #MCRRoads.