South Manchester commuters are being asked to consider alternate routes for their journeys, as disruption is expected during the first stage of roadworks to relieve congestion on the M60 this weekend.
The Highways Agency-run project, centered on Junction 3 of the M60 in Didsbury, aims to improve the flow of traffic on the main ring road and the A34, but begins with work done by British Telecom on Sunday.
BT are carrying out protection work to cables on the A34 ahead of the major congestion-relief project.
Neal Symmons, Service Delivery Manager at the Highways Agency, said: “There is likely to be some disruption for motorists while this advance work is carried out, as the A34 will be reduced to one lane southbound and there will also be traffic management cones on the exit slip road from the M60 at Junction 3.
“Anyone who regularly drives in the area will know how congested the roads can get, so I hope people will understand the need to carry out this work. I’d encourage motorists to consider using alternative routes while the work takes place, or to allow extra time for their journeys.”
Commuters can expect to see the south-side of the A34 Kingsway reduced to one lane on to the M60, as well as on the A34 slip road.
The maintenance work is expected to last for four weeks and is needed in preparation for a major project to upgrade the M60 and A34 in spring and summer 2012.
There will be overnight closures of both the entry and exit slip roads at Junction 3 for one night at the start and end of the scheme, to allow traffic management equipment to be put in place.
Mr Symmons said: “This work by BT is need as part of a wider project to tackle congestion on the M60 and A34, which will be taking place later in the year.”