Road re­opened 12 months af­ter flash flood dam­age

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH -

A ROAD has re­opened a year af­ter it was dam­aged by flash flood­ing.

Dozens of homes in Poyn­ton were evac­u­ated when heavy rain caused a brook to burst its banks.

The flood­ing caused ‘sig­nif­i­cant and un­fore­seen dam­age’ to Mid­dle­wood Road, which was at risk of com­pletely giv­ing way when a nearby em­bank­ment col­lapsed.

Now, af­ter the in­stal­la­tion of a 90m-long con­crete slab to strengthen the road, it has been re­opened.

The em­bank­ment has been sta­bilised and work has dou­bled the ca­pac­ity of the route’s drainage sys­tem. Safety bar­ri­ers have also been re­placed and strength­ened.

Coun David Brown, cabi­net mem­ber for high­ways and In­fra­struc­ture, said: “The flash flood­ing seen in parts of Cheshire East in June last year caused sig­nif­i­cant and un­fore­seen dam­age to Mid­dle­wood Road.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tion, sur­vey and de­sign work had to take place be­fore any re­pairs could be un­der­taken and we would like to thank lo­cal res­i­dents and the wider public for their pa­tience while this ma­jor high­way im­prove­ment has been com­pleted.

“Since that dev­as­tat­ing storm, our pri­or­ity has been to re­turn the road to a safe con­di­tion. We re­alise the work has caused not in­con­sid­er­able dis­rup­tion to some peo­ple but the work was both nec­es­sary and com­plex.

“I’m sure the lo­cal com­mu­nity are as pleased as I that the work has pro­gressed well and the road is now re­open­ing.”

Mid­dle­wood Road, Poyn­ton, dur­ing the ex­ten­sive re­pair work

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