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Planned roadworks in the North West: summary for Monday 13 to Sunday 19 June 2016

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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 10 June, 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.

M55 drainage work

Lane 1 of the eastbound carriageway - between junction 3 and junction 1 - will be closed until Sunday 26 June as work takes place to repair the drainage system and reduce the potential of flooding from nearby fields. A 50 mph speed limit will also be in place past the roadworks. A full overnight carriageway closure will be needed at the end of the project to allow the traffic management cones and barriers to be installed and removed. A signed diversion along local roads will be in place between junction 3 and junction 1 during the overnight closure.

M57 junction 4 St Helens slip roads resurfacing

Overnight resurfacing of all 4 entry and exit slip roads at junction 4 of the M57 is due to be completed by Monday 20 June. The work will be carried out between 10pm and 5am each night (or 7am at weekends). Each of the slip roads will be closed at various times with clearly signed diversions.

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 project website.

M6 junctions 19 Knutsford to 20 (M56)

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. Overnight work to start to remove the temporary narrow lanes is currently taking place, requiring lane closures. The northbound carriageway will also be closed overnight on Saturday 11 June, from 11pm until 5am, with a clearly-signed diversion in place. More information about the project is available on the project website.

M6 junctions 27 Wigan to 29 Bamber Bridge

Resurfacing work is taking place between junctions 27 and 29 of the M6, and is due to be completed in July. The work will is being carried out overnight from Monday to Friday, between 9pm and 5am, with lane closures as well as slip road closures at junction 27 only. Diversions will be in place.

M6 junction 32

There will be full night time closures of the M6 southbound carriageway, and the slip road from M6 south to M55 west, in place between 12 June and 29 July. These closures will be in place while works are being undertaken to repair accident damage to the bridge parapet.

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.

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. The project is due to be completed in autumn 2017. A series of carriageway closures is planned throughout June for cantilevers, gantries and a programme of maintenance. See the project page for details.

M60 junction 16 Swinton to junction 15 Bolton/Preston

We’ll be carrying out 3 weeks of overnight ground survey work between junction 16 and Junction 15 of the anti-clockwise M60 - approximately 200 yards west of the A666 Clifton overbridge – on or shortly after Monday (6 June). When work is taking place the anti-clockwise carriageway will be closed between 10pm and 5am (or until 7am at weekends) each night. The closure will be between junction 16 and junction 14 with a clearly signed diversion route 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. The eastbound exit slip road at junction 7 of the M56 (Altrincham) will be closed from 9pm on Friday 10 June until 5am on Monday 13 June, and again from 9pm on Friday 17 June until 5am on Monday 20 June. Drivers are being advised to either exit at junction 9 and follow diversion signs, or exit at junction 6 and return on the westbound M56 to exit at junction 7. A temporary 40mph speed limit is currently in place between Bucklow Hill and Bowdon, and the new dual carriageway is expected to open in spring 2017. More information is available on the project 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.

A56 resurfacing between A680 and A679

A 4 week project to resurface the A56 between Rising Bridge roundabout with the A680 Manchester/Blackburn Road and the A679 Burnley Road started on Tuesday, 24 May. All the work will be done on week nights only and between 10pm and 5am each night - with either the northbound or carriageway closed during the overnight closures and clearly-signed diversions will be in place.

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.

A590 Lindal-in-Furness

Drainage installation works to alleviate flooding will commence on 11 June and is due to be completed by 9 July. Temporary traffic signals will be used at various times throughout the day or night, with on occasion, motorists being escorted through the works using a convoy system. A temporary mandatory 40mph speed limit will be in place during the duration of the works, with this being reduced to 10mph when the convoy system is used.

A66 Kirkby Thore

Work started on Monday, 23 May on safety improvements. During the work 2 or 3 way traffic lights will be in place to manage traffic past the installation works but only during quieter parts of the day. There will be a break in the work over the bank holiday and Appleby Horse Fair periods and it is due to be completed by Sunday, 26 June.

A66 Braithwaite to Portinscale safety improvements

Work to improve footpaths, cycleways, road markings and traffic signs started on Monday, 9 May and is due to be completed by Friday 24 June.

Temporary traffic lights will be in place but usually between 9am and 4pm – outside peak travel times - to help reduce inconvenience to road users, although they may remain in situ out with these times for safety reasons.

A66 Embleton

Work to reduce flood risk on a mile stretch of the A66 at Embleton began in January and is expected to be completed by the end of July.

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 10 June 2016