Planned road works in the North West – summary for Monday 12 October to Sunday 18 October 2015
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The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of Friday 9 October and could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.
M53 Ellesmere Port
Bridge repairs are taking place and some lane closures will remain in place on the slip roads until the project is completed by the end of November.
M56 junction 12 Runcorn
The eastbound exit slip road at junction 12 for Runcorn and Widnes will close on Monday (12 October) for up to 5 weeks as work continues on the Mersey Gateway bridge project. Drivers will need to travel to junction 11 at Daresbury to join the westbound M56 and travel back to the westbound exit slip road at junction 12 to leave the motorway for Runcorn and Widnes. More information is available on the scheme page
Overnight work is taking place for 2 weeks on the link road the between M58 and the A557 with the link road closed between 9pm and 5am each night (not weekends) to install new road studs, signage, pedestrian barriers, alteration of road markings and vegetation clearance.
Overnight on Saturday 17 October – between 9m and 5am – the M58 roundabout with the A557 will also be closed for one night. Clearly signed diversions will be in place during each of the overnight closures. It is possible that these works may cause some disruption and noise, however, using industry best practise, we will do everything to minimise any inconvenience. Please note the works are subject to weather conditions therefore dates may change at short notice.
M6 junction 17
Overnight work started on Monday (28 September) above the motorway at the junction. Work will be taking place nightly between 8pm and 5am for approximately 2 weeks. The work includes white lining and roundabout adjustments. Each of the 4 slip roads will be closed overnight on different nights with clearly signed diversions in place.
M6 junction 34 Lancaster
Work off the motorway on the Heysham Link project requires the closure of the southbound exit slip road from 8pm tonight (Friday 9 October) and 6am on Monday (12 October). A clearly signed motorway diversion will be in place. More information is available on the scheme page
M6 junction 38 Brough to junction 39 Shap
Work to resurface sections of the southbound carriageway near Tebay Services started on 21 September. Contractors will also install new reflective road studs, replace road markings and carry out repairs to two bridges. Two lanes will be open to traffic during the day, between 6am and 8pm, and one lane overnight, between 8pm and 6am. The project is due to be completed by the end of October.
M60 junction 8 Sale to M62 junction 20 Rochdale
A major scheme is taking place to cut congestion and improve journey times on parts of the M60 and the M62 in Greater Manchester. The scheme will require some overnight closures affecting the full carriageway and slip roads, with a 50mph limit in place for the safety of workers and drivers. The project is due to be completed in autumn 2017.
M62 junction 10/M6 junction 21a Croft interchange
The exit slip roads from the westbound M62 onto the northbound M6, and from the eastbound M62 onto the southbound M6 will be closed overnight, between 8pm and 6am while repair work takes place on the motorway bridges. Drivers will be able to follow clearly signed diversion routes. Narrow lanes and a temporary 50mph speed limit will also be in place on the slip roads during the day. The scheme is due to be completed in December.
M62 (non-HE section, Knowsley)
Highways England is responsible for the M62 up to and including Tarbock Island interchange at junction 6 where the motorway meets the M57. Local authorities are responsible for the motorway beyond junction 6 to the motorway end at junction 4. In August, Knowsley Council demolished a footbridge between junctions 5 and 4 with a weekend closure of the motorway. This weekend will see Knowsley installing the new bridge with a second full carriageway closure in place from 10pm tonight (Friday 9 October) until 5am on Monday (12 October). More information is available in this news release from Knowsley Council. The main diversion is from junction 6 via the M57.
A £1.7 million project to resurface the main road to the Port of Liverpool started on 24 August and is due to finish in February. A 2.5 mile stretch of the A5036 is being resurfaced from the junction with the M57 and the M58, known as Switch Island, to the junction with Hawthorne Road. All of the work will be carried out overnight to keep disruption to drivers to a minimum, and clearly signed diversions will be in place when short stretches of the road are closed. Phase 2 of the work will start on Sunday (11 October).
A556 Knutsford to Bowdon
A £192 million project is being carried out to create a new dual carriageway linking the M56 to the M6 in Cheshire. A temporary 40mph speed limit is currently in place between Bucklow Hill and Bowdon, and the new dual carriageway is expected to open in winter 2016/17. More information is available on the project web page
A585 Skippool to Singleton
Work began on Monday 28 September on an 11 to 12 week scheme to improve drainage and footpaths along this section of the route. Work will take place around the clock but temporary traffic signals will only be used overnight. The project should be completed before Friday 18 December.
A595 (south of Workington)
Work to replace drainage and improve footpaths started on Monday 7 September. between the junction with the A66 at Bridgefoot and further south at Winscales. The work is due to be completed by Friday (16 October). Work will be delivered using off-peak traffic signals between 9.30am and 3.30pm and again between 8pm and 6am each day.
A £1.76 million carriageway reconstruction project near Crackenthorpe began last week (1 October) and will last until Sunday 20 December. Temporary traffic lights will be in place from Monday (12 October) – manually controlled during the day – and a 40mph speed limit will also be in place past the road works.
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