Press release

Planned roadworks in the North West – summary for Monday 20 to Sunday 26 July

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 17 July 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 Junction 16 Crewe and junction 18 Holmes Chapel

Work is taking place to repair two bridges, which carry Congleton Road and Betchton Road over the M6. Lane closures and a 50mph limit will be in place along sections of the M6 while the work is taking place. Please see the scheme page for further information.

M6 Junction 35 Lancaster to Burton Services

Nearly 3,000 new cat’s eyes are being installed on an 8 mile stretch of the M6 between Lancashire and Cumbria, improving visibility for drivers. White lines will also be repainted and sections of the motorway will be resurfaced. The northbound side of the M6 will be closed overnight between junction 34 at Lancaster and junction 35 at Carnforth on Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 July. The northbound entry and exit slip roads at junction 35 will also be closed overnight on Wednesday 15 July, and the southbound entry and exit slip roads at junction 35 will be closed overnight on Thursday 16 July. Some overnight lane closures will be in place during the rest of the scheme but the motorway will remain open as normal. The project should be completed by the end of the month.

M6 Whittingham Lane bridge, junction 32 to junction 33, Broughton to Galgate

A weekend of working on the northbound carriageway to re-waterproof the bridge which carries the M6 over the Whittingham Lane local road will start on Friday (24 July) and finish on Monday morning (27 July). As well as daytime and overnight hard shoulder and lane closures, the northbound carriageway will also be closed overnight (10pm to 6am) on Friday night and Sunday night (26 July). Drivers will need to leave the M6 at junction 32, joining the northbound A6 - via junction 1 of the westbound M55 - up to junction 33 of the motorway.

M6 Junction 34 to junction 35, Lancaster to Carnforth

Lancashire County Council is carrying out work on a bridge (Foundry Lane overbridge) crossing the M6 north of junction 34 of the M6. This is part of the council’s Heysham Link project and the motorway will be closed overnight for up to 4 nights between 10pm and 5am each night from Wednesday (22 July). Clearly-signed diversions using the A6 will be in place. Lancashire County Council’s dedicated website for the project is available for more information.

M53 junction 2 Moreton

A project is taking place to upgrade the bridges on the section of the M53 at junction 2, removing weight restrictions and reinstating lanes. The southbound exit and entry slip roads are currently closed to all traffic. A 50mph speed limit and narrow lanes are in place. The scheme is due to be completed by the end of August.

M56 junction 11 Daresbury

A major project is taking place to tackle congestion at junction 11 of the M56 near Daresbury. Clearly signed diversions will be in place when roads are closed.

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 will require some overnight closures affecting the full carriageway and slip roads, with a 50mph limit in place for the safety of workers and drivers. The clockwise side of the M60 between junctions 9 and 10 near Trafford Park will also be overnight tomorrow (Saturday 18 July), along with the anticlockwise side between junction 12 at the M62/M602 interchange and junction 10. The eastbound link roads from the M62 onto both sides of the M60 will also be closed during both Saturday nights. Drivers will be able to follow clearly-signed diversion routes when sections of the motorway are closed. The project is due to be completed in autumn 2017.

Further information is available at the scheme page.

A55/A483 roundabout, Chester

Work has now been largely completed at this scheme with the junction fully-open to drivers. Some snagging work and installation of street lights remains, which will be carried out using overnight lane closures only. Further details are available at the scheme page.

A66 Penrith

A project to improve drainage on a stretch of the A66 near Penrith is due to begin on Wednesday 15 July, improving safety for drivers. The month-long Highways England scheme will tackle flooding issues on the section of the road near Whinfell Park, approximately 3 miles east of the town. The majority of the work will be carried out overnight, with temporary traffic lights in use, although a temporary 40mph speed limit will be place at all times of day for the safety of drivers.

A556 Bowdon to Knutsford

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.

Further information is available at the scheme page.

A590 Lindal

Work is taking place to reconstruct the footpath between Lindal and Red Syke. Temporary traffic lights are in use overnight between 8pm and 6am – but not at weekends. The scheme is due to be completed by Friday (24 July).

A595 Calder Bridge

Resurfacing of the carriageway and footpath as well as drainage repairs is taking place between Calder Bridge and the junction with the B5345. Temporary traffic lights are in use. The scheme is due to be completed by the end of August. Visit the scheme page for further details.

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