The Highways Agency is carrying out roadworks along a 1.5 mile section of the westbound carriageway between now and the end of March.
All the work, which started today (Monday 24 February) will be taking place between 8pm and 6am each night to minimise inconvenience to road users. Most of the work, which involves some deep reconstruction of the carriageway as well as resurfacing, will be taking place using lane closures with a 40mph speed limit past the road works.
However, this week’s schedule does involve full overnight closures of the westbound carriageway of the A66 at its junction with the A685 for Kirkby Stephen. Drivers will need to leave the A66 at the exit slip for the A685, cross the A685 and rejoin the A66 from the entry slip from the A685. This week’s nightly closures of the westbound A66 at the junction are expected to be lifted by Saturday morning (1 March).
Highways Agency project sponsor Peter Gee said:
This work will provide safer and smoother journeys for users of the A66 in this part of Cumbria who will benefit from improved road markings as well as a smoother road surface.
Most of the work will be done using overnight lane closures but there may be slight delays this week as drivers will need to leave and rejoin the A66 using the junction with the A685.
Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000
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