The A6 Stockport town centre will re-open to traffic on time and as planned on Monday 16th October.
Since work began, engineers have spent over 7,000 hours repairing the almost 200 year old bridge so that the A6 can reopen on time. Hundreds of tonnes of material have been removed, a new concrete slab that will support the road for the future has been laid and all of the waterproofing work is now complete.
This is a significant point to reach and is great news for the town centre and users of the A6.
Whilst the A6 will reopen to traffic on the 16th October, there will still be works taking place in the immediate area over the coming weeks as Stockport Council finish the repairs.
These works will not affect traffic on the A6, but as you travel through the area you will see engineers working on the footpaths and completing structural works under the bridge on Daw Bank.
In the lead up to the reopening there will be some changes in and around the area this weekend as the temporary arrangements that were put in place to keep traffic moving are restored to how they previously were. Everyone is encouraged to find out more about the changes taking place online at www.stockport.gov.uk/a6
At the same time, the improvement works on St Mary’s Way that were paused to allow more traffic to use the road will recommence.
Over the past few weeks, motorists have had a glimpse of what the road will be like in the future once improvement and widening works are completed in spring 2018. From 16th October, there will be changes to lanes on St Mary’s Way as well as some traffic management, so all motorists are encouraged to plan their routes carefully and allow a few more minutes for their journey.
Councillor Kate Butler, Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration at Stockport Council said
“Thanks to rigorous planning and hard work by all involved we’re able to reopen the A6 on time and ensure that this important bridge in our town centre is safe for the future. Undertaking repairs of this scale is a huge job.
“I’d like to thank everyone for their patience whilst the repairs have been taking place. I’d encourage everyone to continue using our online tools to plan their journeys over the coming weeks, so that we can continue to keep Stockport moving as changes take place on our roads.”