Manchester March 03 (PR/BAN) A road closure to allow a bridge over Hyde Road to be demolished – which recently had to be postponed due to high winds – has been rearranged for the weekend of 7 – 8 March.
Hyde Road (A57) will be closed from its junction with Reddish Lane to its junction with Chapman Street from 6am on Saturday 7 March until midnight on Sunday 8 March. Diversions will be in place in both directions for motorists during the closure.
The bridge causes a traffic pinch-point between Far Lane and Wall Way, narrowing Hyde Road from four lanes to two. Manchester City Council is working on a scheme which will see the bridge replaced, removing the pinch-point and reducing congestion in the Gorton area.
Once the bridge – which is part of the Fallowfield Loop walking and cycling route – is demolished, work on Hyde Road will continue before a new bridge is lifted into place later in the programme.
A revised route is in place for users of the Fallowfield Loop until the new bridge can be installed, with additional CCTV being installed to increase safety for pedestrians and people on bikes.
The Hyde Road scheme is due to be completed in winter 2020/21.
Executive Member for the Environment, Planning and Transport, Councillor Angeliki Stogia, said: “After the weather intervened to prevent the demolition of the bridge taking place last month, we were keen to rearrange this operation as quickly as possible.
“The work will require a road closure to make sure that it can be done safely and so, as originally planned, it will take place over a weekend, to minimise disruption.
“Diversions will be in place and further journey planning advice can be found at tfgm.com/traveladvice.”
For more information about the Hyde Road bridge replacement scheme, go to http://www.manchester.gov.improvements.