Drivers on both sides of the Pennines are being advised that a section of the M67 – part of the key Manchester to Sheffield route – will be closed to drivers for a weekend later this month.
In a £23 million project National Highways is replacing a local road bridge over the M67 near Denton in Greater Manchester.
Ageing St Anne’s Road bridge, which links local people to the A57 south of the motorway, is being replaced in the three-year project which began in January. The bridge, between junction 1A and junction 2 of the motorway, is currently closed until work on its demolition and replacement is completed.
The first phase of the demolition requires a section of the M67 motorway to be closed from 9pm on Friday 18 August to 5am on Monday 21 August – with the motorway closed between junction 1A at Denton and junction 3 at Hyde during these times.
Mangat Bansal, National Highways’ Programme Delivery Manager, said:
“We’re making very good progress with our work to replace the bridge. All utility services using the crossing have now been successfully diverted and our preparations for the four-month demolition phase began in June.
“The first weekend closure will allow our teams to safely cut out a section of the bridge at the eastern side and remove it from the site. We would like to thank local people, including road users, for their support and patience while we work to provide a new bridge.”
During this month’s weekend motorway closure local diversions will be in place including using the A57 which is parallel to the M67. Drivers travelling between Manchester (M60) and the A57 Snake Pass and A628 should follow a signed diversion running north of the M67 between junction 24 of the M60 and Mottram in Longdendale – using the A635 and and A6018 via Ashton-under-Lyne and Stalybrdge. Drivers on longer, through journeys may also considering using the alternative M62 trans-Pennine route between Manchester and Leeds.
Drivers are advised to check traffic conditions before setting out on journeys. Live traffic information is always available at www.trafficengland.com or from National Highways’ 24-7 customer contact centre at 0300 123 5000. Updates will also be posted to @HighwaysNWest – National Highways’ regional Twitter feed.
More information about the project – including its summer newsletter – is available on a dedicated webpage at: www.nationalhighways.co.uk/m67-st-annes-road-bridge