The annual closure of the Mancunian Way will be rescheduled to the weekend of Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 March it has been announced.
The closure will be in place from 5am on the Saturday morning through to 7pm on the Sunday evening.
The weekend of the 19 and 20 March was originally considered for the maintenance closure but was ruled out as City were due to play at home. However, following the change of fixtures this weekend now offers the least disruption to road users and the Mancunian Way will be open to vehicles this coming weekend, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 March.
The closure will allow essential work to take place to keep the bridge safe and will be in place from Chester Road roundabout through to Pin Mill Brow.
The work will include safety inspections, road repairs, lighting inspections, street sweeping, drainage clearance, and general work to improve any defects. The overall integrity of the structure will also be assessed.
Signed diversions will be in place for the duration of the closure, however it's important to plan ahead and familiarise yourself with the recommended diversion routes.
For journeys through the city centre, especially for west to east and east to west trips, it is recommended that motorists use the M60.
Cllr Tracey Rawlins, Manchester City Council’s executive member for environment, said:
“Apologies if the change in dates to close the Mancunian Way for its annual maintenance weekend has impacted anyone’s weekend plans. Tens of thousands of cars use the bridge each day, so these works are vital to ensure the safety of the road – but we try to choose an appropriate weekend to undertake the maintenance work to limit congestion caused by the closure.
“The weekend coming was originally chosen as it presented the least amount of disruption on our roads, but it is right that we can be flexible to changing circumstances. Given the postponement of the Man City game against Brighton next weekend (19 March) it is sensible to reschedule our maintenance works to limit the impact on road users.”