Section of A555 to close for 17 weeks

The A555 westbound, from the A34 to Wilmslow Road, will be closed from 12th February for 17 weeks.

A spokesperson said "Essential maintenance works need to be carried out on the A555 to repair problems with the highway drainage that is causing a depression to form within the carriageway. If the problem is not rectified, it could lead to the collapse of the carriageway. The repair works required are extensive and include: excavation to approximately 5 metres below the existing road level, installation of temporary steel sheet piles to support the excavation, replacement of the damaged drainage, backfilling of the excavation and resurfacing."

During the works, the A555 westbound from the A34 to Wilmslow Road needs to be closed 24 hours a day for a period of 17 weeks from 12th February. The closure is needed for safety of the workforce and road users. The signed diversion route will be via the A34 northbound, B5094 Stanley Road westbound and B5353 Wilmslow Road southbound.

The spokesperson added "We are working to keep disruption to a minimum, including timing the works to take place over the school half term and Easter holidays. The traffic management will be under continuous review and, if feasible, sections of carriageway will be opened up as soon as it is safe to do so.

"The repair works will be carried out by the A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road (A6MARR) contractor, Carillion Morgan Sindall, who will also carry out works as part of the A6MARR scheme within the closure as part of efforts to minimise overall disruption in the area."

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Howard Piltz
Friday 26th January 2018 at 1:33 pm
Residents of the area have been promised completion of the whole A555 by last autumn, then this spring. Patently, this is daydreaming even before this issue has come to light. In the mean-time, motorists have been subjected to pergatory on the A34 with work at the two adjacent junctions in Cheadle Hulme/Handforth proceeding at snails-pace, and for what? I wonder if Stockport Council - the managing authority - would care to comment?
Terry Roeves
Friday 26th January 2018 at 3:53 pm
The spokesperson stated that the work would be done by Carillion Morgan Sindall. Is he, she or it sure about that?
Nik Eastwood
Friday 26th January 2018 at 4:47 pm
brilliant, this combined with the works in handforth village, beggars belief!!
David Pilley
Friday 26th January 2018 at 5:53 pm
Really? And you plan to do this at the same time you are doing major roadworks in Handforth. This is also at the same time as the disaster area known as Stanley Green roundabouts which must be a year behind completion (although you won’t admit it). How are people supposed to go from north to south morning and night with all these road closures. If the people at SEMMS and Stockport council were employed privately they would have been sacked for gross incompetence years ago but both seem accountable to no-one. They seem oblivious to the disruption to the people they are supposed to be representing
Paul Hampton
Saturday 27th January 2018 at 8:46 am
"Essential maintenance works need to be carried out on the A555 to repair problems with the highway drainage that is causing a depression to form within the carriageway. If the problem is not rectified, it could lead to the collapse of the carriageway. The repair works required are extensive and include: excavation to approximately 5 metres below the existing road level, installation of temporary steel sheet piles to support the excavation, replacement of the damaged drainage, backfilling of the excavation and resurfacing."

People should really take the time to read the article before complaining. None of us are happy about the SEMMMS project overrun or being caught in what feels like years of tailbacks, but this is evidently a serious and unexpected problem coming to light - best addressed before thousands of motorists begin using the new airport relief road on a daily basis.

So it was autumn, then spring and now it’s looking more like summer before we’re up and running. C’est la vie.
Mark Russell
Saturday 27th January 2018 at 1:13 pm
How come the Japanese can fill a massive sink hole in 48 hours, but we the old powerhouse of industry need nearly half a year for a bit of drainage in a wet area like Manchester? I’ll tell you why, because the longer it takes the more money everybody gets. The councils are a disgrace.
Paul Tracey
Saturday 27th January 2018 at 3:10 pm
"The signed diversion route will be via the A34 northbound, B5094 Stanley Road westbound and B5353 Wilmslow Road southbound."

Where is the B5353? Is it near the B5358 by any chance?
Pete Taylor
Saturday 27th January 2018 at 5:46 pm
@Paul, it’s in Swadlincote near Derby.
Quite a diversion, be sure to plan ahead.
Maria Quin
Wednesday 31st January 2018 at 5:26 pm
What I can’t understand about this shambles is - why aren’t the contractors put on piece work?? Bet they’d get their fingers out if they only got paid for work actually done. More annoying is the amount of times we can shuffle our way through all these roadworks and see absolutely NO work being carried out!! Someone’s lining their pockets but it sure isn’t the residents. I think it’s criminal!
Marc Staples
Wednesday 31st January 2018 at 6:28 pm
Great planning there ? Lets close the bypass at the same time Handforth is gridlocked for 12 weeks !!
Sue Hinchliffe
Wednesday 31st January 2018 at 7:59 pm
Carillion! REALLY??? Has this spokesperson been doing a Princess Eugenie? Been away for a bit then have we? What a numpty!
David Nelson
Thursday 1st February 2018 at 9:11 am
Beggars belief!

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