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Planned road works in the North West: summary for Monday, 16 May to Sunday, 22 May 2016

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Summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week.

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The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of Friday, 13 May, 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.

M58 junction 4 Cycle Improvement Scheme

As part of our work to improve facilities for cyclists and pedestrians over the M58 we are carrying out bridge parapet modifications. This work will require full overnight carriageway closures which include Saturday and Sunday nights - 21 and 22 May - between 9pm and 7am on each of these nights with clearly signed diversions in place.

M6 junctions 16 to 19: Cheshire smart motorway

Work is underway for the smart motorway upgrade – typically with 1 or 2 lanes closed overnight between junctions in both directions and/or mobile lane closures along short sections of carriageway.

For more information visit the scheme website.

M6 junctions 19 to 20

A £14.5 million programme of bridge repairs and new safety barriers is underway with narrow lanes, 50 mph speed limit and use of the hard shoulder as a running lane in places.

For more information visit the scheme website.

M6 junction 27 to junction 29

Surfacing works have now started on the northbound and southbound carriageway. This will be undertaken Monday to Friday between the hours of 9pm and 5am, for completion in July. To facilitate the works, lane closures will be required as well as slip road closures at junction 27 only. Diversion routes will be in place.

M6 junction 34: Lancaster

Lancashire County Council work off the motorway on the Heysham Link project requires a lane 1 and hard shoulder closure in both directions on the motorway around junction 34.

The work also includes occasional M6 carriageway and slip road closures detailed in weekly traffic bulletins available on the scheme website.

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 involves overnight slip road and carriageway closures with a 50mph limit in place for the safety of workers and drivers.

A series of overnight full carriageway closures is currently taking place to install ‘superspan’ gantries across sections of the motorway. Various closures for installation of new gantries are planned from Monday.

Monday 16 May, M60 junctions 12 to 11 anti-clockwise. Tuesday 17 May, M60 junctions 15 to 13 anti-clockwise. Wednesday 18 May, M60 junctions 16 to 14 anti-clockwise. Friday 20 May, M60 junctions 16 to 14 anti-clockwise.

The project is due to be completed in autumn 2017.

For more information, visit the scheme website.

M62 junctions 9 to 11

Work lasting 4 months to improve the safety barriers began in early February. Work will take place Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm. However, there will be occasions where overnight and weekend working will be required. During the works, narrow lanes and a 50mph speed limit will apply.

On occasions, lane closures will also be required. Clearly signed diversions will be in place. M65, M67 and M56 Sharston Link

Installation of digital signs will mean closures on Thursday 19 May 10pm to 5am:

  • M65 westbound junctions 3 to 2
  • M67 eastbound, junction 3 to the end of the motorway
  • M67 westbound, junctions 2 to 1
  • M67 eastbound, junction 3 to the end of the motorway

And Friday 20 May, 10pm to 5am:

  • M67 westbound, junctions 2 to 1
  • M67 eastbound junctions 3 to 4

Those with night flights booked should be aware that the M56 Sharston Link, serving Manchester Airport, will be closed on 16, 17 and 18 May, 10pm to 5am with signed diversions likely to add up to 15 minutes to journey times.

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.

On Monday (16 May) some work will be taking place between 9pm and 5am - with the northbound A556 closed between Bucklow Hill and Bowdon roundabout. Access from junction 7 of the M56 from the roundabout onto both Lymm and Altrincham A56 roads will be closed although access to the southbound A556 will remain open.

For more information, visit the scheme website.

A56 Rising Bridge roundabout

Work has started to improve safety and reduce delays at Rising Bridge Roundabout near Haslingden. Works will be carried out daily between 10pm and 5am, and will involve single closures on A56 and Rising Bridge roundabout. Some full carriageway closures will be needed, during which times fully signed diversion routes will be in place. Works are scheduled for completion at the end of July.

A590 Greenodd

Lane 1 of the eastbound carriageway just west of Greenodd roundabout is currently closed until further notice while we undertake a survey of the embankment.

A66 Braithwaite to Portinscale safety improvements

Work to improve footpaths, cycleways, road markings and traffic signs will now started on Monday (9 May) and will last for up to 4 weeks.

Temporary traffic lights will be in place but usually between 9am and 4pm - outside peak travel times - to help reduce inconvenience to road users.

A66 Embleton

Work to reduce flood risk on a mile stretch of the A66 at Embleton began on 1 February and is expected to be completed by the end of May.

Temporary traffic lights operate 24 hours a day for the safety of crews and drivers. Full road closures in both directions will also be required on some nights between 8pm and 6am, and at some weekends.

When the road is closed, diversions for HGVs and other vehicles will be clearly signed. Drivers are advised to use the A591 and the A595. This route is not suitable for HGVs which should use the M6 and A595.

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Published 13 May 2016