Mancunian Way sinkhole nightmare finally over

Manchester City Council has announced that Mancunian Way will re-open on Wednesday 15 June, following repair to fix the sinkhole which appeared last year.

A section of the two mile long motorway collapsed into a sinkhole last August following heavy rain, disrupting traffic along the road and damaging an underground sewer.

Councillor Kate Chappell, Executive Member for Environment for Manchester City Council, said: “It’s great news that we have got a date for the reopening.

“We’d like to thank the public for bearing with us during this challenging work”.
United Utilities have made £6million worth of repairs, including laying a new sewer, replacing the highway drainage, and resurfacing the road.

Cllr Chappell added: “As the damage affected a major sewer there was no alternative but for United Utilities to carry out this complex large-scale repair deep underground otherwise large parts of East Manchester would have been left without a functioning sewage system and the water supply to the city centre would have been cut off”.

Mancunian Way will be closed on Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 June to perform a maintenance inspection, remove the contra flow system, and repaint road markings ahead of the re-opening.

This is United Utilities’ largest ever sewer repair, with 10,400 tonnes of sandstone being removed and 3,992 Olympic-sized swimming pools worth of sewage pumped past the road-works.

TNT News

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