Monday 26 September 2016

Road closed as Mancunian Way sinkhole reappears

Published 15/09/2015 | 16:49

The west-bound carriageway is currently closed
The west-bound carriageway is currently closed

A large sinkhole has reappeared on a busy city road for the second time in as many months.

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Part of the Mancunian Way in Manchester is closed following the collapse - which could get bigger according to a council spokesman.

The west-bound carriageway is currently closed.

The closure comes hours before Manchester City's Champion League game with Juventus at the Etihad stadium in nearby Eastlands.

Motorists are now being advised to plan their route ahead of the match.

The crater first appeared in August after heavy rainfall and was believed to have been caused by the erosion of a culvert beneath.

A spokesman for Manchester City Council said that the hole appeared within the existing work compound in an area that was being excavated to repair the original highway collapse.

The spokesman added that it was possible that the hole may extend under the westbound carriageway.

A Manchester City Council spokesman said: "Motorists are being advised that the westbound carriageway of the Mancunian Way has been closed for safety reasons. The westbound carriageway was recently reopened, with a contraflow enabling traffic to travel in both directions.

"We are working closely with United Utilities to make sure this can be made safe as an urgent priority, enabling repair work on the wider highway collapse to continue, and get the westbound carriageway reopened as quickly as possible. Diversions which have been in place since the end of August will remain and signing will be reinforced."

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