Repair of Sinkhole along Mancunian Way to be Completed in the Next Few Weeks

It may just be us, but have you noticed an astonishing amount of sinkhole accidents occurring in the past year alone? These sinkholes, whether they are in other parts of the world, such as in the United States, or here in the UK, are completely unexpected, appearing out of nowhere – and one of the latest sinkholes to appear was along Manchester’s busy Mancunian Way.

Sink holes cause phenomenal damage

Sink holes cause phenomenal damage

The sinkhole, measuring about 40 feet, suddenly opened up in August of 2015 after some heavy rains in Manchester’s Mancunian Way. Needless to say, the sinkhole was the cause of some serious damage to a sewer in the area. Since August of last year, United Utilities has been frantically repairing the sewer’s sections of pipework which have been badly damaged by the sinkhole, working at depths of up to 15 metres to complete a much-needed tunneling project for a new sewer. The project itself has a total cost of £6 million.


The repair work

Since the repair work started, a contra-flow section between Fairfield Road and London Road has been in operation. But there’s good news – according to the City Council of Manchester, the repair work is set to be completed by the middle of June, which will then allow both sides of the Mancunian Way to completely reopen.

As of now, the new sewer pipework and system is already in operation, and United Utilities is simply in the process of replacing some drainage work on the highway in conjunction with the City Council. Once this project has been completed, the road will then be re-surfaced, and it will then be re-opened to motorists.


A complex problem solved

The strategy manager for wastewater networks at United Utilities, Tony Griffiths, is entirely grateful for the public’s patience whilst the work was being carried out. According to Mr. Griffiths, this project was the biggest emergency project for repair the company has ever done. The efforts of United Utilities are not wasted, as Kate Chappell, of the City Council of Manchester, reiterates that the project has been a truly complex problem in engineering, and it has taken a lot of expertise and investment on the part of United Utilities to see it through.

Councillor Chappell adds that it was not just a problem involving filling in a sinkhole – it has been more than that, primarily due to the sewer repair involved. Councillor Chappell understands the public’s frustration but has also expressed appreciation for the public’s patience in the matter. She also said that some measures were taken to improve the flow of traffic and reduce congestion on the road, but the complete re-opening of the carriageway should be welcome news for everyone indeed.




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Posted on 27 Jun 2016 in News

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