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A project to upgrade a motorway bridge which carries the M6 over Penny Lane near Haydock is due start on 26 February.
Contractors for Highways England need to close a 2 mile stretch of the southbound carriageway overnight for 4 nights during February and March while essential work takes place to waterproof and resurface the bridge.
Work will take place in a number of phases over approximately 6 weeks.
To set out the traffic management and carry out the work safely, temporary overnight closures of the M6 southbound carriageway between junction 24 in Ashton-in-Makerfield and junction 23 at Newton-le-Willows. The closures scheduled to take place as follows:
- Friday 26 February, between 10pm and 6am
- Sunday 28 February, between 10pm and 5am
- Friday 4 March, between 10pm and 6am
- Sunday 6 March, between 10pm and 5am
Once the M6 carriageway re-opens, 2 lanes will be open with a 50mph speed limit in place. Between the hours of 8pm and 5am on each Saturday and Sunday, the main carriageway will be reduced to one lane. Further overnight lane closures will be required to complete the jointing and surfacing works for an additional 2 weeks.
Mark Mosley, Project Manager at Highways England, said:
This is essential work which will ensure the bridges remain in good shape for many years to come, and should reduce the need for future resurfacing work.
We need to close a 2 mile stretch of the southbound carriageway overnight on Friday and Sunday nights during 2 weekends to set up and remove the traffic management cones and barriers.
They’ll be a clearly signed diversion in place when the motorway is closed, and we are carrying out the work at times when the motorway is at its quietest to keep the impact to a minimum.
The project may be extended if poor weather conditions prevent work from taking place.
Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.
Journalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.