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The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of Friday 11 November and could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. All our improvement work is carried out with the aim of causing as little disruption as possible. Drivers looking for roadworks information (such as overnight carriageway closures) for individual schemes should now visit www.trafficengland.com. Some of our larger schemes have project pages giving other information. These can now be accessed from a dedicated regional page: http://roads.highways.gov.uk/north-west
M6 junctions 16 to 19: Cheshire smart motorway
Work is underway for the smart motorway upgrade with some overnight closures expected in the coming weeks. Check regularly as above for details.
M6 junction 22 bridge maintenance
Essential bridge maintenance started in October to replace 40 corroded bearings on the M6 junction 22 bridges. The work, between junctions 21a and 23, is likely to last for 6 months. It will be carried out in a number of phases, largely during daytime hours, Monday to Friday, between 7.30am and 5pm, with some work taking place outside these times. Average speed cameras and a 50mph speed limit are in place through the roadworks.
M6 junction 34 Lancaster
Lancashire County Council’s new link road between junction 34 of the M6 and Heysham has now opened but finishing work will require lane and hard shoulder closures along the M6 through junction 34 to continue for the time being. More information is available here: http://heyshamlink.lancashire.gov.uk
M53 between junctions 4 and 5 (bridge joints)
Work began in September for approximately 4 months to renew road markings and bridge joints. This will be carried out in a number of phases between 8pm and 5am (7am during weekends) Monday to Saturday with lane closures. Some overnight closures will also be required with signed diversions.
M53 between junctions 4 and 5 (resurfacing)
Work began on Saturday 8 October to resurface both carriageways in a 5 week project. It involves daytime lane closures and overnight full carriageway closures. Total closures of the northbound carriageway between junction 5 and junction 4 will be taking place between 9pm and 7am on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 November.
Work started on Monday 7 November for 11 days to carry out carriageway patching works on the M55 at three separate locations; * on the eastbound carriageway between junctions 4 and 3, * on the eastbound carriageway in the vicinity of junction 3 (including the eastbound entry slip road) and; * on the westbound carriageway between junctions 1 and 3. * The work is programmed to take place overnight (from 8pm to 6am the following morning). Traffic Management will consist of carriageway lane closures, road closures, and a temporary mandatory 50mph speed limit, all of which are being put in place for the safety of both the work force and the travelling public. Traffic management (to be in place from 8pm) will vary each remaining evening as follows; * Monday 14 – Westbound carriageway lane closures between junctions 1 and 3. * Tuesday 15 – Westbound carriageway lane closures between junctions 1 and 3. * Wednesday 16 – A northbound lane closure on the northbound M6 approaching junction 32, together with the closure of the westbound M55 between junctions 1 and 3 and the link road from the southbound M6 to the westbound M55.
M60 junction 8 Sale to junction 20 Rochdale
A major smart motorway scheme is taking place to cut congestion and improve journey times on parts of the M60 and the M62 in Greater Manchester. The scheme involves overnight slip road and carriageway closures with a 50mph limit in place for the safety of workers and drivers. A significant programme of temporary night closures has been programmed to fit gantries with wiring and signs. The project is due to be completed in autumn 2017.
M602 Clarendon Bridge
Work to refurbish this footbridge over the M602 near Eccles started in August and is expected to take around 12 weeks. The footbridge will be closed throughout the project, with a signed pedestrian diversion in place. There will also be occasional overnight M602 carriageway closures between 9am and 5am, with short diversions in place.
M61 junction 9
Carriageway patching works, due to take place on the roundabout at M61 junction 9. The scheme includes the renewal of road markings, laying anti-skid material and replacement of traffic light loops. Work is due to start on or shortly after 8 November 2016 for approximately three weeks. The work will be carried out in a number of phases between the hours of 8pm and 5am (by 7am at weekends) Monday to Sunday. The roundabout and associated slip roads will be closed at these times. A signed diversion route will be in place.
M62 junctions 21 to 22
Carriageway patching works, due to take place on the eastbound and westbound carriageway on the M62 between Junctions 21 and 22. The scheme includes the renewal of road markings, and replacement of traffic light loops. Work is due to start on or shortly after 16 November 2016 for approximately five weeks. The work will be carried out in a number of phases between the hours of 9pm and 5am (7am at weekends) Monday to Friday. Some weekend working may be necessary. Lane closures will be in place during the dates and times stated above. Associated slip road closure will also be required at Junction 22.
M66 northbound junctions 2 to 1
Carriageway patching works on the M66 northbound carriageway, between Junctions 2 and 1. This work will include renewal of road markings. Work started on 10 November 2016 for approximately 2 weeks Monday to Friday, 8pm and 5am when the northbound carriageway will be closed from the Junction 2 exit slip road to the first point at which the M66 terminates at the A56 entry slip, during the dates and times stated above. Signed diversion route will be in place.
A56 Rising Bridge roundabout
Work is taking place to improve safety and reduce delays at Rising Bridge Roundabout near Haslingden, requiring some lane closures and overnight road closures. The new traffic lights are due to come into operation by the end of November, with resurfacing work planned for December.
A556 Knutsford to Bowdon
A £192 million project is being delivered to build a new dual carriageway linking the M56 to the M6 in Cheshire. From Monday 10 October a new phase of work started at the southern, Knutsford, end of the project around the roundabout at junction 19 of the M6. The existing or forthcoming closures include: * Total, 9pm to 5am, overnight closures of the roundabout at junction 19 of the M6 nightly (excluding Saturday and Sunday nights) until 23 December drivers on the northbound M6 will be able to leave at junction 19 but only to access the southbound A556 (for Northwich). This includes A556 between Mere junction and junction 19. * The exit slip road from the eastbound M56 at junction 7 remains closed for work to provide new link roads and a new roundabout at Bowdon * Closure of Chapel Lane for bridge alignment works into January for bridge and road alignment work * Overnight, 9pm to 5am, closures (excluding Saturday and Sunday nights) of the M56 Junction 8 entry slip road and junction 7 westbound exit slip road from Monday 14 November until Friday 23 December. * Overnight, 9pm to 5am, closures (excluding Saturday and Sunday nights) of the southbound A556 from Bowdon roundabout to Bucklow Hill from Monday 14 November until Friday 23 December.
Drainage repairs between Dalton and Queen Street will continue until Saturday 26 November with 8pm to 6am and 9.30am to 3.30pm working. Narrow lanes or temporary traffic lights will be used.
Resurfacing works are commencing on Monday 14 November and continuing until Christmas, which will involve a 24hr lane closures with convoy working overnight between 8pm to 6am. There will also be some slip road closures later in the month, details to follow in subsequent bulletins.
A66 Bassenthwaite Lake
A new phase of the flood resilience works started on Monday 7 November, which will allow the full overnight carriageway closures to be removed and replaced by 24/7 traffic control. This phase involves resurfacing works at Embleton road end and as a result the B5291 at Dubwath junction will be closed between 8pm to 6am meaning access on and off the A66 will be unavailable. Diversion for local traffic will be signed from the A66 at Lambfoot junction to pass through to Embleton. Resurfacing work will also be carried out at the Pheasant Inn junction under 24/7 traffic control, although access to the hotel will be available at all times. The works at Smithy Cottage, adjacent to Bassenthwaite Lake will continue under contraflow.
Around 3.5 miles of the route are being resurfaced between the A627(M) at Holden Fold and Moston Lane East, south of junction 21, M60. All work will be carried out in sections under night closures. From 7 November until Christmas, work will take place between 8pm and 5am from Monday to Wednesday, between midnight and 5am on Thursdays and Fridays to accommodate Christmas shoppers, and between 8pm and 7am on Saturdays and Sundays. Signed diversions will be in place. The project is due to be completed by the end of January.
A665 Bury Old Road
A scheme to upgrade the safety barriers on the A665 bridge over the M60 started on Monday 7 November. The work will be carried out between 8.30am and 11pm, Monday to Friday, with temporary traffic lights and lane closures in place from 6.30pm. Some overnight and weekend working may also be required. The Kenilworth Avenue junction with Bury Old Road will also be closed throughout the scheme, with a diversion in place. The project is due to be completed by February.
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