Manchester motorists warned of heavy traffic due to weeks of bridge works on major city centre road

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The plans of work will get underway on January 7

Motorists are being warned of potential delays on a key route through Manchester city centre in the new year. There will be lane closures on Mancunian Way for up to four weeks starting on January 7.

It is due to specialised investigations for each bridge structure including running surfaces, waterproof membranes, tension cables and anchoring points. As well as Mancunian Way, other work is planned on the Bonsall Street Bridge (only accessible for buses, cyclists and pedestrians) and the Freeman Street Footbridge, both of which will be subject to full closures.

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Councillor Tracey Rawlins, Executive Member for Environment and Transport, said: “We understand that this period of work may be disruptive, however, these inspection works are vital and we will endeavour to complete them as quickly as possible.

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“Safety is and will remain our top priority and we must ensure that our roads and bridges remain safe to use and drive on. During this time, there will of course be heavier levels of traffic – especially during peak periods – therefore, I would ask people to please plan ahead and use the TfGM journey planner.”

Full list of scheduled works in Manchester 

  • Mancunian Way – lane closures for up to four weeks, from January 7

  • Freeman Street Bridge (Princess Street) - full closure for up to two weeks from February 5

  • Bonsall Bridge (Princess Street) - Full closure for up to three weeks from February 19

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