Bridge repair on M60 Manchester junction finished

Michael Hunt

A nine-month scheme to strengthen bridges around the M60 and Princess Parkway has been completed in south Manchester.

Work on the strengthening of the M60 junction bridges around Junction 5 began in July of last year costing £6.6m.

The width and weight restriction on the north bridge anti-clockwise exit slip at Northenden, which takes traffic onto the M56 via the A5103 Princess Parkway, was put in place in March of last year.

Vehicles over 6'6" wide or 7.5 tonnes needing to use the exit slip were being diverted via Junction 2 of the M60 at Cheadle but now the diversion has been lifted and the junction 5 exit slip re-opened to all motorway traffic last Monday.

Phil Hardy-Bishop, Highways Agency project sponsor, said: "When we do these kinds of schemes the Highways Agency works very hard to minimise disruption to drivers but the diversion was something we could not avoid due to the very limited space our contractors had to work in and the ageing structures. The majority of lorry drivers lived with the restrictions and I would like to thank them for their patience."

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