Consultation is underway for a proposed road widening scheme to tackle a congestion pinch point on a key route into Manchester.
Manchester City Council is planning to demolish and replace a disused railway bridge which currently spans the busy A57 Hyde Road and reduces a 300m stretch of the road from four lanes to two, restricting traffic flow significantly at peak times.
The proposed work will take place between Wall Way and Far Lane, in the Gorton area.
Plans involve the removal of the existing bridge, allowing the road to become a dual carriageway in both directions, with a new bridge which will connect to the Fallowfield Loop route for cyclists and pedestrians. An extra-wide footway is proposed for the north side of the road, which would have the potential to become a segregated pedestrian and cycle way.
The scheme consultation is open until Thursday 19 September at www.manchester.gov.uk/consultations.
A drop-in event is being held on Thursday 5 September (1.30 – 6.30pm) at Gorton Community Centre, 543 Abbey Hey Lane, Manchester M18 8PF, to allow interested parties to ask questions, find out more, view the plans in detail and provide their feedback and suggestions.
Work is expected to begin this winter, with an expected duration of up to 12 months. It is anticipated that two lanes of traffic will be maintained for the majority of the work, but a weekend road closure will be required to allow the existing bridge to be demolished in the early stages of the programme, plus a closure towards the end of the project to allow the new bridge to be lifted in.
Executive Member for the Environment, Planning and Transport, Councillor Angeliki Stogia, said: “This scheme has the potential to ease a long-standing congestion problem on a short stretch of the busy Hyde Road, while providing a new connection to the Fallowfield Loop for people travelling on foot or by bike. We're keen to gain the views of residents and commuters as we develop our plans, so I urge everyone who is interested in the scheme to get in touch and have their say."