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Sheffield Road, Chapel-en-le-Frith, re-opens

Published: 26 September 2019

A main Chapel-en-le-Frith road is set to re-open next week after major work to fix a broken culvert nears completion. 

Sheffield Road, from the junction with Market Street to the junction with Frith Knoll Road, has been closed since 29 April 2019 while the existing culvert is replaced with a pre-cast reinforced concrete culvert.

One lane of Sheffield Road is now expected to re-open on Monday (30 September 2019). Temporary traffic lights will be in place. The one-way diversion along Hayfield Road is also set to be lifted.

A routine inspection had found serious structural issues with the culvert – which runs under Sheffield Road, just outside our highways depot. 

Large cracks were found in the stone slab sections covering the culvert and structural defects were found in the masonry arches that support Sheffield Road.

If these structural issues had been left unfixed Sheffield Road could have been left at risk of collapse. Gas, electric, water, sewage pipes and phone cables – which also run under the road – could also have been damaged leading to flooding.

The work cost around £750,000 but the culvert should now last for 120 years.

The road will fully re-open once ongoing construction work is completed.