M60 closure: Manchester motorists braced for delays as work on new bridge begins

By Matt Davies

Manchester motorists can expect travel disruption this weekend with the closure of part of the city’s motorway network.

A section of the M60 between Junction 5 and Junction 8 will be shut for 24 hours from 10pm on Saturday 3 to allow for the installation of a new bridge.

The work will take place at Sale Water Park between Junction 5 and Junction 6 although the closure will be in force from Junction 8 at Carrington.

The proposed diversion route involves clockwise M60 users being guided off at junction five to travel northbound up Princess Parkway (A5103) before joining the westbound Mancunian Way (A57).

Drivers can then join the southbound Chester Road (A56) before re-joining the M60 at Junction 8.

Anti-clockwise traffic can follow the reverse of the above route after leaving the M60 at Junction 8.

Diversions will be signposted and electronic signs will give guidance to those travelling along alternative routes.

The works are part of a scheme to extend the Metrolink to Manchester International Airport and drivers are being warned to plan ahead if their route includes the M60.

Drivers are being advised to leave extra time for their journeys and check traffic conditions before travelling in a bid to prevent delays.

Transport for Greater Manchester, in conjunction with the Highways Agency, has decided that shutting the motorway in both directions is the safest option while work is carried out.

This ensures not only the safety of motorists but also of the road and construction workers that will be on and around the carriageway during the installation.

It involves the bridge deck –pre-built at the side of the carriageway – being moved into position and being firmly secured to the already finished bridge supports.

Alternative motorway routes including the M6, M62 and M56 are available for those road users making longer distance journeys.

A second closure will take place later this month on November 24 to allow for the installation of a second bridge over part of the M56.

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