Press release

Planned road works in the North West: summary for Monday 22 August to Sunday 28 August 2016

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 19 August 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. Where possible we will be removing road works over the bank holiday weekend – between 6am on Friday (26 August) and 12.01am on Tuesday 30 August – to give drivers and companions smoother holiday journeys. Some road works will be retained for safety reasons.

M55 D’Urton Lane bridge repairs

Work to repair this bridge – which crosses the M55 between junction 1 and the interchange with the M6 (M6 junction 32) got underway on Monday (15 August). Overnight carriageway closures are taking will take overnight with westbound closures on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (22, 23 and 24 August). Clearly signed diversion routes will be in place during the closures.

M56 Weaver Viaduct repairs and resurfacing

Work started on Monday 15 August on a £1.5 million 8 week project to repair and resurface Weaver Viaduct which helps carry the M56 between junction 12 and junction 14. The work involves overnight lane and hard shoulder closures – with a handful of overnight carriageway closures in late September and October.

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 about the project is available on the M6 junction 16 to 19 project website.

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 Lancashire County Council website

M6 junction 39 Shap to 38 Tebay

A combination of resurfacing, bridge joint replacement and fencing renewal on the M6 southbound started on Monday (15 August) for approx 7 weeks. This will involve a temporary 50mph speed limit for the duration of the works and lane and slip road closures. Most of the work – between 8pm and 6am at night - will be done with lane closures but some slip roads will need to be closed including: Overnight on Monday (22 August) the closure of the junction 38 exit slip road from the southbound M6 and overnight on Tuesday (23 August) no exit from 10pm from southbound Tebay services onto the southbound M6.

M60 junction 8 Sale to 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 significant programme of temporary night closures has been programmed to fit gantries with wiring and signs, which will take the project to May 2017. These are detailed on the journey impact tab of the project page and updated weekly, subject to weather conditions. See the M60 junction 8 project page for details.

The project is due to be completed in autumn 2017.

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. The exit slip road from the M56 at junction 7 is now closed for up to 4 months for work to provide new link roads and a new roundabout at the junction is completed. The A50 where it is due to cross the new A556 (using a new road bridge) now has temporary traffic lights in place as work begins to realign the A50 onto the new bridge. As part of this, the A50 will be closed nightly over the bank holiday weekend. More information is available on the A556 project website.

A56 Rising Bridge roundabout

Work has started to improve safety and reduce delays at Rising Bridge Roundabout near Haslingden. Work will be carried out daily between 8pm and 6am, and will involve single lane closures on the A56 and Rising Bridge roundabout. Some full carriageway closures will be needed, during which times fully signed diversion routes will be in place. Overnight roundabout closures are scheduled to take place on Sunday 21 August and again on Sunday 4 September. The work is expected to finish in mid-September.

A590 Red Syke bridge to Swarthmoor

A £590,000 overnight resurfacing scheme got underway on Monday 8 August and is expected to take up to 5 weeks with temporary traffic lights in place overnight. Temporary traffic lights are also now in place between 9.30am and 3.30pm Monday to Thursday (inclusive) for around 3 weeks for repairs to gullies along this same stretch. A temporary 40mph speed limit will be in place during the works and a 10mph limit will operate whilst convoy work is being undertaken.

A590 Ulverston

Overnight traffic signals will be in place on some Saturday nights (10pm to 10am) from 13 August into October whilst painting work is being undertaken to the bridges at Red Syke and Dykelands.

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

Overnight work to resurface a section of the eastbound carriageway began on Monday 8 August with overnight closures of the carriageway – between 8pm and 6am each night – for up to 4 weeks. Signed diversion routes will be in place with cars leaving the A66 at Papcastle and rejoining the A66 via the A595 to Bothel and A591 at Keswick. The recommended diversion for HGVs is to use the A595 and then travel to the M6 at junction 44. A lane closure will be in place during the day. No work will take place over the August bank holiday weekend.

A66 Brougham to Center Parcs

Temporary traffic signals will be in place overnight from Monday 22 August for 3 nights to complete the road markings following the resurfacing works.

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Published 19 August 2016