Salford Council is set to sign off a series of highway improvements, chief among them the commitment of £4.5m to the Trafford Road corridor vital for accessing MediaCity and Salford Quays.
Trafford Road is described as a key transport artery, running from the M602 to the bridge over the Manchester Ship Canal where it enters Trafford borough. The project aims to deliver improved capacity for vehicles and reduce congestion by introducing new layouts at key junctions and enhancing facilities for pedestrians and cyclists for movements both along and across Trafford Road.
The council officers’ report specifically mentions key development areas such as Furniss Quay, Clippers Quay, Ordsall Lane and Broadway.
The project is costed at around £19.8m, with £4.8m coming from Mayor’s Challenge Fund, £10.5m from the Growth Deal, and this £4.5m in match-funding from the council.
As a Growth Deal 3 major project, that part of the funding must be spent by the end of March 2021, while the Mayor’s Challenge Fund must be spent by March 2022. To hit these targets, the council believes it necessary to submit the full business case for Growth Deal funding by December 2019 and start works on site in summer 2020.
According to council documents, invitations to tender for the job will be issued in August this year, with enabling works to start early in 2020.
Two further road projects are included in the agenda: officers requests that approval be given for the appointment of Eric Wright Civil Engineering for £1m of improvement works at junction 13 of the M60, a project linked to the delivery of the RHS Garden Bridgewater in Worsley; while approval is sought to appoint AE Yates for remedial works in Chapel Street, a £490,000 project rectifying works that were carried out in 2011 and 2012 by Galliford Try, legal settlement of the previous project being used for the repair works.