Busy road to re­open after three months of mis­ery

Stockport Express - - News -

ONE of the busiest roads in Stock­port is set to re-open after three months of traffic mis­ery.

Stock­port coun­cil has an­nounced that the A6 will re-open on sched­ule on Monday (Oc­to­ber 16) for the first time since work be­gan on a sec­tion of the road close to the town cen­tre in July.

Mean­while, im­prove­ment work on St Mary’s Way, which was paused to al­low more traffic to use the road dur­ing the A6 clo­sure, will start up again.

Over the past three months, en­gi­neers have un­der­taken es­sen­tial re­pair works to a bridge that runs un­der the A6 be­tween Ex­change Street, close to the Gar­rick The­atre and Heaton Lane near the town cen­tre. They have spent more than 7,000 hours re­pair­ing the al­most 200-year-old bridge so that the A6 can re­open on time.

Hun­dreds of tonnes of ma­te­rial have been re­moved, a new con­crete slab that will sup­port the road for the fu­ture has been laid and all of the wa­ter­proof­ing work is now com­plete.

The au­thor­ity has hailed the re­open­ing as ‘a sig­nif­i­cant point to reach and great news for the town cen­tre and users of the A6’.

There will still be works tak­ing place in the im­me­di­ate area over the com­ing weeks as re­pairs are fin­ished, but these will not af­fect the road, the coun­cil say.

The tem­po­rary mea­sures that were put in place to keep traffic mov­ing dur­ing the work, mean­while, are ex­pected to be re­moved this week­end.

The im­prove­ment and road widen­ing works in Stock­port town cen­tre are ex­pected to be com­pleted next Spring.

Coun­cil­lor Kate But­ler, cab­i­net mem­ber for econ­omy and re­gen­er­a­tion at Stock­port coun­cil, said: “Thanks to rig­or­ous plan­ning and hard work by all in­volved we’re able to re­open the A6 on time and en­sure that this im­por­tant bridge in our town cen­tre is safe for the fu­ture. Un­der­tak­ing re­pairs of this scale is a huge job.

“I’d like to thank ev­ery­one for their pa­tience whilst the re­pairs have been tak­ing place. I’d en­cour­age ev­ery­one to con­tinue us­ing our on­line tools to plan their jour­neys over the com­ing weeks, so that we can con­tinue to keep Stock­port mov­ing as changes take place on our roads.”

For details see stock­port.gov.uk/topic/ a6-bridge-works

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