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Disruption for Manchester motorists hoped to be ‘limited’ in £1.6million motorway bridge repair work

By Sophie Arnold

An essential £1.6million maintenance and repairs project to a M56 motorway bridge in south Manchester will get underway next month.

The eight-month Highway Agency project, starting on April 2, will repair a bridge that carries the M56 Sharston Link over the Cheadle Branch railway line.

Mark Mosley, Highways Agency project sponsor explained the reasons behind the essential works before asking drivers to stick to the 50mph limits.

“This is an important maintenance and repairs project along one of the busiest sections of the motorway network in the North West,” he said.

“We urge drivers to exercise extra caution travelling through the roadworks in the interest of their own as well as roadworkers’ safety.”

Both eastbound and westbound carriageways between junction one with the M60 and junction three at Baguley, as well as slip roads, will be closed overnight occasionally.

Drivers will also be able to use the hard shoulder in cases of overnight lane closures as the Highways Agency aim to reduce overall disruption.

“We are limiting the amount of full overnight carriageway closures and restricting much of the work to overnight periods when traffic volumes are lowest,” added Mr Mosley.

The work, which will replace the existing parapets, repair abutments as well as install new expansion joints and bearings, is due to be completed in the autumn.

But certain restrictions will be lifted during holiday periods such as August bank holiday and have been planned to avoid events such as football matches in Manchester.

Closures will be well publicised and signed in advance and diversions will be clearly signposted.

Updates on progress and details of closures will be available by visiting www.highways.gov.uk/roads.

Picture courtesy of Rept0n1x, via Wikicommons with thanks

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