North West Roadworks Update

February 24th, 2014

Roadworks redPlanned roadworks in the North West

 Weekly summary for Monday 24 – Sunday 2 March 2014




The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of Friday 21 February but 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 to Junction 19 Knutsford

Sections of the hard shoulder on the M6 between Crewe and Knutsford will be closed while drainage, structural and other surveys are carried out. Some lane closures will also been needed overnight, although the motorway will remain open at all times. The scheme is due to be completed by Friday 2 May.

 M6 Junctions 20 to 21 Thelwall Viaduct

A scheme to replace expansion joints along the Thelwall Viaduct is due to begin on Thursday 27 February. There will be some overnight closures to install a contraflow system, which will help keep four lanes in each direction of the motorway while the work is carried out. When one of the bridges is being worked on, three lanes will run almost normally but with the fourth lane switched onto the opposite carriageway. All of the lanes will be narrowed during the work, with a 40mph speed limit in place. The project is due to be completed in May.

 M6 Junction 26 Orrell

Overnight drilling work is taking place by the M6 at Orrell ahead of a major project to reduce congestion and improve safety at the junction. Three temporary drilling rigs have been set up by junction 26 of the M6, which links the motorway to the M58 and the A577, while tests are carried out on the former mining area. The project began on Monday 17 February and is expected to last for up to three weeks. The southbound entry and exit slip roads to be closed from 10pm until 5am each night. The roundabout by the slip roads – to the east of the motorway – will also be closed overnight, preventing access to the M58 and A577.  Clearly signed diversions will be in place.

 M6 Junction 33 Lancaster

Work is taking place to install four of the latest giant electronic message signs near Junction 33 of the M6. The signs will give drivers better warnings of incidents and other information about the motorway such as weather conditions. New CCTV cameras will also be mounted on the signs – allowing the Highways Agency to monitor and manage motorway incidents more effectively. The work should be completed by Friday 14 March. Lane one of the motorway is likely to be closed around the clock in both directions while the work takes place, and some overnight closures of lane two will also be necessary.

 M6 Junction 36 Kirkby Lonsdale

There will be night time closures of the northbound exit and entry slip roads at Junction 36 of the M6 for resurfacing work between 8pm and 6am at weekends until Monday 3 March.

 M6 Junction 38 Tebay

A contraflow system is in place on the M6 near Junction 38 at Tebay as part of a major refurbishment of a motorway bridge which carries the M6 over the River Lune. Southbound traffic will be directed into lanes on the northbound carriageway while the bridge is closed for the repairs. Two lanes will run in each direction and a 40mph speed limit will be in place. The project is due to be completed by April 2014.

A66 Brough

One lane will be closed for resurfacing work on the westbound side of the Brough bypass from Tuesday 25 February until Saturday 15 March. A 10mph speed limit will also be in place overnight.

A66 Braithwaite to Portinscale

Temporary traffic lights will be in place for drainage work from Monday 24 February until Tuesday 25 March.

A66 Stainburn

Temporary traffic lights will operate on the Stainburn bypass from Monday 24 February until Saturday 1 March while survey work is carried out.

A66 Troutbeck

Temporary traffic lights will be in place on the A66 near Troutbeck for survey work between 9am and 4pm on Thursday 27 February.

 A590 / A5092 Greenodd

Work is taking place to build a new roundabout linking the A590 to the A5092 at Greenodd, with the aim of reducing congestion and improving safety. The project is due to be completed later this month.

A590 Dalton-in-Furness

There will be temporary traffic lights and lane closures on the A590 between the A595 Askam Road roundabout and the Park Road roundabout for drainage and refurbishment work. The scheme is due to be completed by the end of March.

A590 Newby Bridge

One lane will be closed for maintenance work on at the A590 at Newby Bridge, with temporary traffic lights, from 9.30am until 4.30pm. The work is due to be completed by Tuesday 11 March.

A590 Levens

Work is taking place to improve the drainage on a mile and a half section of the A590 dual carriageway between Sampool Bridge and Church Road. The scheme is due to be completed by Sunday 23 March and is taking place between 7am and 7pm each day, with single lane closures in place to minimise disruption to road users.

A590 Newlands Garage

There will be daytime traffic signals for reconstruction of a boundary stone wall and footpath patching work. The scheme will take place between 9.30am and 3.30pm until Friday 7 March.

 Further information:

Real-time traffic information for England’s motorways and other strategic roads is available:

–       From the web at or from a phone or mobile device at

–       By phone from the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000 at any time. (Calls to 03 numbers are charged at no more than a national call to an 01 or 02 number and are included in all discount schemes and call allowances. This applies to all landlines, mobiles and payphones. Call costs will vary depending on your landline or mobile supplier.) Make sure it’s safe and legal before you call. Before using any mobile, find a safe place to park. Never stop on the hard shoulder of a motorway except in an emergency.

–       On an iPhone app which will automatically select the region you are in. Free to download from the iTunes store or search for Highways Agency on your device.

–       From Twitter – there are eight feeds with live traffic information provided by region. For information on roads in the North West follow us at @HAtraffic_nwest or for the full index visit

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