Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

This 3ft Pothole Caused Two Days of M-Way Jams

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

This 3ft Pothole Caused Two Days of M-Way Jams

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THIS is the pothole that caused hours of disruption on the M6 Thelwall Viaduct - and took two days to repair.

It began to cause problems for cars on Wednesday morning but wasn't fully fixed until Thursday night. Highways England has now revealed the reason behind the delay which caused disruption for thousands of drivers on Wednesday and Thursday. The pothole was in lane two of the northbound M6 at the northern end of the viaduct near Lymm.

When the 3ft by 2ft, 8in deep damage came to light on Wednesday morning, Highways England used a temporary roadblock to make immediate temporary repairs.

A spokesman said: "The aim then was to go back and do a permanent repair on Wednesday night under a three-lane closure, leaving lane four open and running. Unfortunately, the weather was so bad that the repair had to be cancelled as Tarmac needs good conditions to set properly."

Then on Thursday morning, the temporary repair crumbled and the pothole re-emerged. So engineers had to return to again do a temporary fix-up job, which took an hour. …

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