Work starts on £100m Manchester roadworks

Manchester City Council has begun a £100m five-year highways improvement programme, with work set to be carried out across all wards of the city over the next year.

More than £15m will be invested across the next 12 months to fund resurfacing of key roads, including Cheetham Hill Road and Palatine Road.

The council said that the schedule is being organised so that work is done as efficiently as possible, while minimising inconvenience to motorists and residents.

A key part of the scheme is carrying out preventative work on roads which have been assessed as being at risk of deterioration, if they are not treated now.

More than 300 roads will receive preventative treatment in the first year of the scheme. Activity has already begun on roads in Charlestown.

Preventative work will involve applying surface treatments to the roads, helping to prevent water damage and restore tyre grip, which aims to extend the road’s life by up to ten years. Major potholes will be fixed prior to the surface treatment being applied to the road.

Roads and footways have been prioritised for treatment with the help of data from the council’s annual highway condition survey and through further assessment from engineers.

Roads allowing access to key public services such as schools and GP surgeries are also being prioritised. Residents will be informed in advance of any work which is scheduled to take place in their area.

  • On Thursday 15 June at 5pm, Cllr Angeliki Stogia will be taking part in a Twitter Q&A to answer questions about the highways programme. To take part, tweet your question, using #MCRRoads

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