North West Roadworks Update

October 31st, 2011

Roadworks information for Highways Agency roads in the North West

7 Days beginning Monday 31st October 2011

NEW SCHEMES

M67 Junctions 1 – 4, Tameside
Overnight work to resurface sections of the M67 in Tameside is due to start on Tuesday 1 November. The project will also include new road markings and road studs, will be done in phases moving along the main carriageway and some slip roads between Junction 1, where the motorway meets the M60, and Junction 4 at Mottram. It is scheduled to be completed by Wednesday 30 November. All the work is being confined to overnight periods between 10pm and 6am each night. It includes full overnight closures, but in some cases the hard shoulder will be open with a 50mph speed limit in place. When carriageways are fully-closed, signed diversions will be in place.

M6, Penrith
Work to repair bridges carrying the A6 over the M6 near Penrith is due to start on Thursday 3 November. The two bridges, which are close to each other near the villages of Lowther and Hackthorpe, are about three and five miles south of Penrith between Junction 39 of the motorway at Shap and Junction 40 at Penrith. All the work is due to be completed by Wednesday 30 November, and will require lane closures on the M6 in both directions over about 2.5 miles. The project will begin with hard shoulder and lane one closures around the clock, and lane one and lane two closures overnight. A second phase involves lane three closures throughout the day and lane two and lane three closures overnight. A 50mph speed limit will be in place through the work.

A595, Whitehaven
Work to improve drainage and resurface a section of the A595 south of Whitehaven in Cumbria is due to begin on Monday 31 October. The scheme is taking place near to the junction for Westlakes Science Park. A 50mph speed limit will be in place through the traffic management cones and, at times, there will be a 10mph speed limit past the actual work with some queuing at temporary traffic lights. To minimise inconvenience to road users, no work will be done during peak hours with overnight working between 8pm and 6am, and off-peak daytime working between 9.30pm and 3.30pm. The work is due to be completed by Monday 20 November.

A590, Rusland Pool
Nigh time lane closures will be in place on the section of the A590 between the B5278 and the bridge over the river at Rusland Pool from Thursday 3 November. The work is taking place between 8pm and 6am each night, until Sunday 6 November, to resurface the road and provide new road markings.

ONGOING SCHEMES

A55, Vicars Cross Roundabout (junction with the A51)
A joint scheme with Cheshire West and Chester Council to install traffic signals at the roundabout, renew road markings and carry out resurfacing is expected to run until Monday 14 November. Work is being restricted to overnights during weekdays, between 10pm and 5am. A programme of closures includes access onto the roundabout from the A51 and A55 exit slip roads, with clearly-signed diversions in place.

M53 Junctions 4 – 9, Wirral
There are four miles of roadworks running from south of Junction 4 at Bebington to just beyond Junction 9 at Ellesmere Port. A 50mph speed limit is in place on all lanes while essential bridge repairs are carried out on the Eastham Viaduct at Junction 5, and safety work, including a new barrier, takes place between Junctions 8 and 9 at Ellesmere Port. The work requires occasional lane closures and periods of contraflow. Alternate overnight carriageway closures will be in place for short periods during the middle and end of the scheme for the installation and removal of traffic management equipment. Clearly signed diversions will be in place at all times. Work on the bridge is due to end on Tuesday 9 November, and work between Junctions 8 and 9 is due for completion by Thursday 15 December.

M56 and M53, Stoak Interchange
There will be occasional lane closures overnight and at weekends around Junction 15 of the M56 and junction 11 of the M53 at Stoak while work to repair bridges and resurface the carriageway takes place. 50mph speed limits will be in force and signed diversions will be in place.

M53, Bidston Moss
Junction 1 Wallasey (bridge repairs) – there will be various lane closures in both directions at Bidston Moss Viaduct for bridge repairs. Work continues until the end of March 2012.

Brettargh Holt roundabout
There are daytime lane closures on the roundabout and slip roads at Brettargh Holt between 9.30am and 4.00pm, while bridge repairs are carried out. The work is expected to be complete by 11 December. There will also be night time convoy working with speed restrictions on the A6 westbound slip road for repairs and road marking work from 8.00pm to 6.00am until Tuesday 1 November.

A590 Fiddlers Hall
A short section of the Westbound lane of the A590, near Fiddlers Hall, will be closed between Newby Bridge and High Newton for the second phase of a drainage scheme. Work will take place between 9.30am and 3.30pm each day, and again from 8pm to 6am the following morning. Manually operated traffic lights will guide people past the roadworks along the Eastbound carriageway, and a 40mph speed limit will be in place. Work is due to be completed on Saturday 5 November.

A590 Dalton bypass – Askham Road Roundabout to Ulverston Road
There will be daytime width restrictions along this section of the A590 while drainage work is carried out. The restrictions will be in place from 9am to 5pm until Friday 4 November.

A590 Hoad Lane to Arrad Foot
There will be daytime traffic lights in operation and lane closures in both directions for drainage work, from 9.30am to 3.30pm until Friday 18 November.

Real-time traffic information for England’s motorways and major A roads is available:

– From the web at www.highways.gov.uk/traffic or www.highways.gov.uk/mobile if using a phone or mobile device.

Before using any mobile, find a safe place to park. Never stop on the hard shoulder of a motorway except in an emergency. Make sure it’s safe and legal before you call.

– By phone from the Highways Agency 24-hour voice activated phone service on 08700 660 115. (Calls from BT residential landlines to 0870 numbers will cost no more than 8p per minute; call charges from other landlines and mobile networks may vary).

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