Press release

Planned road works in the North West: summary for Monday, 18 April to Sunday, 24 April 2016

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

The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of Friday, 15 April, 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.

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.

More information is available on the scheme website.

A series of overnight carriageway closures at weekends will begin next weekend with the southbound M6 between junction 19 and junction 18 closed from 10pm on Saturday, 16 April until 6am on Sunday, 17 April. A clearly signed diversion will be in place.

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.

More information is available on the scheme website.

M6 junction 27 to junction 29

Surfacing works have now commenced on the northbound and southbound carriageway. This will be undertaken Monday to Friday between the hours of 9pm and 5am, for completion July 2016. To facilitate the works lane closures will be required as well as slip road closures at junction 7 only. Diversion routes will be in place. between 10pm and 6am.

Junctions 29 to 28 southbound: three night closures are planned for the work on Friday 22 and Saturday 23. A night closure may also be required on Sunday 24 April depending on the weather. A single lane closure and 50 mph speed limit will apply during the day throughout the weekend.

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.

More information is 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.

Overnight closures (10pm to 6am) to install pillars for gantries and signs:

  • M62 junction 18 to 19 eastbound 18 April
  • M60 junction 13 to 14 clockwise 19 April
  • M60 junction 13 to 12 anticlockwise 20 April

The project is due to be completed in autumn 2017.

More information is available on the scheme website.

M62 junction 7 to junction 8

Surfacing works have commenced on the eastbound and westbound carriageway. This will be undertaken Monday to Friday between the hours of 9pm and 5am. Works are scheduled for completion end of April. To facilitate the works lane closures will be required as well as slip road closures at junction 7 only. Diversion routes will be in place.

M62 junctions 9 to 11

Work to improve the safety barriers began in early February and is expected to last for around 4 months.
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.

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. Overnight closures during the week until the end of April will affect people using junction 7 of the M56 from Monday (11 April).

More information is available on 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 Bassenthwaite Lake

Due to flooding and damage to the carriageway, the westbound dual carriageway is currently closed and awaiting repair. A contraflow system has been installed so drivers travelling westbound can use a lane of the eastbound carriageway.

A66 Embleton

Work to reduce flood risk on a mile stretch of the A66 at Embleton began on 1 February. The programme includes the construction of new storm drains as well as resurfacing and new road markings. The work 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.

A663 Broadway

Resurfacing on a 1.5 mile stretch of the A663 Broadway, between the A627M up to the junction with Foxdenton Lane to tackle chips, cracks and potholes.

Work will take place between 10pm and 5am, Monday to Friday, and until 7am at weekends. Some overnight carriageway closures will be required, with clearly signed diversions in place. Access for local residents will be maintained at all times. Works are scheduled for completion at the end of April.

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