Manchester to revive its road in £100m scheme
Manchester City Council begins work to improve hundreds of Manchester’s roads in a new 5-year scheme.
The Council has started to implement the £100m highways investment programme.
More than £15m will be invested across the next 12 months to fund the resurfacing of some of the city’s key roads. Roads included are Cheetham Hill Road and Palatine Road.
Alongside this same investment is a preventative programme. This is planned to significantly extend the lifespan of more than 300 highways, cycle lanes and footpaths.
Work will be carried out in every ward of the city during the first year of the programme. 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 5-year scheme is doing preventative work on roads at risk of deterioration, if untreated now. Taking early action will prevent the need for more costly major intervention in the future, saving both money and disruption.
More than 300 roads will receive preventative treatment in the first year of the scheme. The first work 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. This is expected 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.
‘Prevention is better than cure’
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.
Executive Member for the Environment, Councillor Angeliki Stogia, released a statement. “Prevention is better than cure,” she said about tackling the blight of existing potholes.
“We are also taking action to treat hundreds more roads before potholes start to appear”.
She added that the Council want to minimise disruption throughout the programme. “We will phase the work to ensure that the long-term gain we all want for our roads”, she explained. The long-term plan “doesn’t mean short-term pain for drivers, cyclists and residents”.