The A57 Snake Pass will be closed from Monday 1 June until Sunday 14 June so that major repairs can be made to the retaining wall in four different places. There will be no through route from Glossop to Sheffield for any vehicle while the work is taking place.
The road will be closed from the junction of the A57 with the A6013 Ashopton Road to its junction with Hurst Road in Glossop.
A signed diversion route will be in place, which is A6013 − A6187 − B6049 − A623 − A6 − A615 − A624 − A57 (to point of closure) and vice versa.
The A57 at Crosspool reopened on Monday lunchtime to single lane traffic after three weeks of maintenance work.
The road was closed in both directions from Hagg Lane and Coldwell Lane to the junction of Rivelin Valley Road at the beginning of November. The closure was to allow major repairs to be carried out following a landslip.
Andrew Harley, Construction Manager at Amey who are carrying out the work as part of the Streets Ahead project, said: “We’ve dug deep under the road to replace a damaged drain and to dig out more than 700 tonnes of clay and rock and install supports to help prevent further land movement.
“We are now ready to make further repairs on the upper embankment and plan to have the rest of the work finished and the road fully reopened by the end of January.”
The Bamford bus is also now running as normal once again.
Manchester Road will close for three weeks in November to allow for the repair of a collapsed drain under the road.
From 11pm on Friday 8 November 8 to 6am on Monday 2 December 2013 the road will be closed as follows:
Outbound after Hagg Lane and Coldwell Lane (with notices that access will be maintained for the local businesses and residents)
Inbound at the junction of the A57/A6101 Rivelin Valley Road. Local traffic will be able to access Lodge Lane via Rails Road but HGVs will be diverted via Malin Bridge
The A57 will then reopen again to single lane traffic while further work is carried out to stabilise the slope below the road. Once this is completed, the road will fully reopen at the end of January 2014. Pedestrian access will be maintained while this work is carried out.
Contractors Amey will advantage of the road closure to carry out other works at the same time including pruning of trees, clearing overgrown footpaths, some footpath repairs and clearing drainage gullies.
During Crosspool Forum’s April Open Meeting, it was reported that the temporary traffic signals and roadworks on the A57 Manchester Road are one year old this May.
The work is the result of a serious subsidence problem which has spread significantly since it was first identified and is now affecting the retaining wall.
Although it may appear to regular users of the road that little has been done other than the siting of temporary signals, Amey has been monitoring the subsidence and has drilled several boreholes as part of its investigations. It appears that the problem is more complex than originally believed, meaning further surveys have been required.
Two options have been identified to stabilise the ground and stop further subsidence. The first involves driving concrete pilings, twelve metres in length, into the ground to support the embankment.
The second, reported recently in the Sheffield Star, uses electricity. The method involves inserting electrodes into the ground: the electrical current stabilises the ground beneath by altering the properties of the rock and soil. This method has been used successfully in similar situations and may be an option for the A57.
Our councillors and Amey inform us that the work is due to start in May or June so we may have seen the last of the chicane by the end of summer.
As Crosspool is blanketed today in a fresh covering of snow, Jon Gardner’s photo showing abandoned cars on the A57 close to Hagg Lane reminds us of how bad the weather was last month. You may have also seen it published in the Sheffield Telegraph as part of the paper’s look back at 2010.
Meanwhile, as of 2pm, the Travel South Yorkshire website is reporting that there are no problems reported on bus route 51 and it is running as normal.