Press release

Smoother journeys for A66 drivers north of Keswick

Drivers and other road users are to benefit from smoother journeys north of Keswick in Cumbria thanks to a £500,000 Highways England resurfacing project starting on Monday (12 September).

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The 4 week, overnight project, which is due to be completed by Sunday 9 October, is taking place along a mile section of the route between Crosthwaite roundabout and the bridge over the River Greta, just west of High Briery interchange with the A591.

The whole of the eastbound dual carriageway between the roundabout and the bridge will be resurfaced as will the westbound single lane carriageway west of Rams Beck up to the roundabout. New road markings and reflective road studs will also be provided and some safety barriers will be replaced.

Highways England project manager Peter Gee said:

This is routine maintenance to tackle wear and tear along the carriageway and to ensure that road users can continue to enjoy safe, smooth journeys along this section of the A66.

To minimise disruption to people’s journeys most of the work will take place overnight.

Most of the resurfacing will be done between 8pm and 6am each night – with a temporary 40mph speed limit and often with temporary traffic lights being used to manage traffic through the roadworks.

Both the eastbound and westbound carriageways will also be closed for a Saturday night each with diversions in place. The dates for these closures will be publicised nearer the time.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

Media enquiries

Journalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.

Published 6 September 2016