Major Chapel-en-le-Frith road to reopen as £750,000 culvert repairs near completion

One lane of Sheffield Road is expected to reopen on September 30.
One lane of Sheffield Road is expected to reopen on September 30.

A main road in Chapel-en-le-Frith is due to reopen next week following major work to fix a broken culvert.

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

Derbyshire County Council said one lane of Sheffield Road is expected to reopen on Monday September 30, with temporary traffic lights in place.

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The one-way diversion along Hayfield Road is also set to be lifted.

Welcoming the news, Robert Largan, the Conservative Candidate for High Peak, said: "The diversion has been a huge pain for local people in Chapel and has caused problems for many local businesses too.

"I'm really pleased that Sheffield Road is finally re-opening and on schedule."

The repair work, costing around £750,000, was undertaken after a routine inspection found serious structural issues with the culvert – which runs under Sheffield Road, just outside Derbyshire County Council’s highways depot.

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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.

A county council spokesperson said: "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."