DETAILS have been finalised for a major road closure in Stalybridge that is expected to cause major problems for motorists.
Stamford Street between Wakefield Road and Huddersfield Road will be shut from Saturday, August 4 to Wednesday, August 29.
The road closure is in place to allow Electricity North West to carry out a £3million “essential project” to upgrade the power network that has been in place since the 1960s.
That will benefit 58,000 customers in Stalybridge, Buxton, Glossop and High Peak.
The decision to shut the 500m section of road in August is to cause minimal inconvenience as schools will be closed and many others will be on holiday, with traffic at its lightest during the month.
Work has already taken place in the area as part of the scheme which is to replace the oil-filled underground power cables – currently it has been on Wakefield Road where there have been temporary traffic signals.
The project began in November when cabling was replaced on Huddersfield Road, causing huge tailbacks for drivers with emergency signals in place.
Blandford Street has also been the subject of work, but that is not a main route in the town.
However, the complexity of the work means there is no alternative but to shut the whole of Stamford Street, which is the main route through Stalybridge.
Electricity North West say a total of 7.4km of underground cable will be replaced with new environmentally friendly electricity cables as part of an investment programme for the North West.
John Pietsch, transmission south manager for Electricity North West, said: “We’re delighted to start the next phase of this essential project which will help ensure thousands of customers in Stalybridge and the surrounding areas have the power they need for years to come.
“These cables have been in place since 1960 and they have served the area well, but it’s now time for our engineers to ensure that continues by upgrading these aging cables which run alongside the Huddersfield Narrow Canal and River Tame.
“We know that although we’ve worked hard to keep disruption to a minimum, digging up local roads is never easy for local residents and businesses so we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their patience and support to allow us to carry out this work safely.”
The work on Wakefield Road, which will be completed by the end of June, required Electricity North West to work alongside Network Rail to install new cables under the railway bridge on Printworks Road.
Once the work is finished on Wakefield Road engineers will continue laying cable from Walkerwood Drive down to Huddersfield Road, which will be completed around August 6.
The third and final phase of the project will include a road closure along Mottram Road to install new underground cable in August.
Full updates will be provided online: www.enwl.co.uk and on Twitter and Facebook.
If anyone living in the area has any queries they are advised to get in touch with Electricity North West on social media and online.