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Centenary Bridge in Eccles to shut for annual repairs

Drivers are being advised to avoid a major link route between Eccles and Trafford Park next Sunday when a lifting bridge will undergo repair.

Workmen will carry out yearly maintenance on the Centenary Bridge, Centenary Way, Eccles on Sunday 16 October and the road will be closed for 24 hours.

It’s expected to re-open in time for the Monday rush-hour on 17 October.

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Diversions will be signed for drivers coming from Eccles via Broadway/MediaCityUK and in the Trafford Park direction via Old Trafford/White City.

Readers have been complaining on the SalfordOnline Facebook group of a series of delays at the bridge in recent weeks when the lifting gear was erroneously engaged without ships passing through.

Driver Kev Perry posted on Thursday: “Stuck at centenary bridge at 6am this morning. Taken 30 mins to go up and down. Unbelievable…”

Gillian Hurst added: “This happened to me last Friday. Around 11.15[am] stuck there for 25 min. No boat passed.”

Delays have a serious knock-on effect as diversion routes take drivers a long way around the bridge.

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Centenary Bridge is one of only three of its kind in Britain.

It was opened in 1994 to allow ships to pass along the Manchester Ship Canal towards Salford Quays.

The deck – normally part of the roadway, is lifted 15m into the air between four 30m-high towers.

It was the first low-level opening bridge to be built across the canal since it opened in 1894.

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