Press release

M56 bridge to get weekend makeover

A project to resurface and waterproof a motorway bridge at a busy junction in Cheshire is due to take place this weekend.

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A project to resurface and waterproof a motorway bridge at a busy junction in Cheshire is due to take place this weekend, providing smoother journeys for drivers.

Highways England needs to close a four-mile stretch of the westbound M56, where it crosses the M53, to carry out the work from 10pm on Friday 24 July until 10am on Sunday 26 July.

Drivers will be able to follow clearly-signed diversion routes during the closure and the eastbound carriageway will remain open as normal.

Contractors need to waterproof, resurface and replace joints on the 65-metre-long bridge – equivalent to the length of six double decker buses.

Mark Mosley, Project Manager at Highways England, said:

We carried out this work to the two other bridges at the junction last year so this weekend’s closure will complete the project.

The resurfacing and waterproofing is vital maintenance work which will ensure the bridge can be safely used for many years to come.

We’re carrying out the work at the weekend when the motorway is quieter and drivers will be able to follow clearly-signed diversion routes

The westbound carriageway between junction 15 at the interchange with the M53 and junction 16 for Chester will be closed for 36 hours during the weekend.

The westbound side of the motorway will also be closed from junction 14 at Stanlow to junction 16 from 10pm until midnight on Friday 24 July, and from 8am until 10am on Sunday 26 July, while contractors set up and remove the barriers for the closures.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

Media enquiries

Journalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.

Published 20 July 2015