The partial closure of the junction of Regent Road and Ordsall Lane has been lifted, as engineers prepare to start work on the next stage of the Manchester-Salford Inner Relief Route improvement scheme (MSIRR).
Ordsall Lane reopened over the festive break southbound from its junction with Regent Road, ahead of the MSIRR scheme progressing to the Oldfield Road junction in January.
Work will continue at Ordsall Lane into the new year, but can be carried out without road closures until the road is resurfaced at the final stage.
The £15m scheme, which began in August 2018, is set for completion in summer 2019 and will see six major junctions along Regent Road significantly enhanced – increasing their capacity by up to 20 per cent, reducing congestion and boosting local air quality, while also ensuring a better route for pedestrians and cyclists.
As previously announced in October, works are set to finish at least one month ahead of the original twelve-month timescale, with the project team collaborating with contractors Dawnus to re-phase elements of the scheme where possible.
More than 20,000 hours of work have been put into the scheme to date and engineers will continue to review all elements, to ensure the work is completed as quickly as possible, while also ensuring public safety.
During the works, a free recovery service is in place, to reduce delays by allowing any broken-down cars to be promptly assisted.
Signs are provided on site, giving essential information for any motorists in need. 11 vehicles have been rescued for free to date.
Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for the Environment, Planning and Transport, Councillor Angeliki Stogia, said: “Good progress is being made with the vital scheme to enhance the key junctions along Regent Road for all road users.
Councillor Roger Jones, executive support member for transport at Salford City Council, welcomed the reopening of the Ordsall Lane junction and thanked motorists for their patience to date. He said: “This is a welcome move and shows the work on this essential scheme to improve Regent Road for motorists is progressing well.”