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NEW BRIDGE TO LINK MANCHESTER AND SALFORD

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The steel work for an 80 metre long road bridge across the River Irwell, ...
The steel work for an 80 metre long road bridge across the River Irwell,

creating a new link between Manchester and Salford, will be completed

tomorrow when the final components will be hoisted into place.

The bridge, to be named Castlefield Bridge, marks a milestone in the

completion of the final section of the inner relief route, a ring road

designed to ease traffic flow around Manchester and Salford.

Designed by the Major Highways Consortium - Manchester, Salford and Wigan

Councils working together - Castlefield Bridge is constructed at a cost of

£1.8m.

Manchester City Council leader Richard Leese said: 'Manchester and Salford have historically had strong links, and to have another physical link, in the form of the Castlefield Bridge, will bring added benefits to residents and visitors to both cities. The inner relief route will free the business and shopping centre of

Manchester from congestion and open up the city to pedestrians and Metrolink passengers.'

Salford City Council leader Bill Hinds said: 'The Castlefield Bridge is an important stage in the construction of the inner relief route for both authorities. This is one of the last pieces in the jigsaw of a multi-million pound road scheme which will further develop the links between the cities of Salford and Manchester and mean residents and visitors alike will be less inconvenienced by congestion.'

The total cost of the final phase of the inner relief route is£27m.

The project is well on schedule for completion in time to play its part as

a vital piece of infrastructure for the Commonwealth Games next year.

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