North West Roadwroks Update

March 17th, 2014

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Planned roadworks in the North West

Weekly summary for Monday 17 – Sunday 23 March 2014



The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of Friday 14 March 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 is taking place to replace expansion joints along the Thelwall Viaduct. 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 Junctions 32 Broughton to 33 Lancaster

Work to repair a motorway bridge along the northbound side of the M6, north of Preston, will take place from Sunday 23 March. The work on the bridge, which carries the M6 over Whittingham Lane at Broughton, will involve at least three overnight closures of the northbound M6 between junctions 32 and 33, as well as two full weekend closures of the link road from the eastbound M55 onto the northbound M6. The overnight closures of the northbound carriageway will take place between 10pm and 6am on Sunday 23, Friday 28 and Sunday 30 March. The two weekend closures of the eastbound link road will take place between 10pm on Friday 21 March and 6am on Monday 24 March, and between 10pm on Friday 28 March and 6am on Monday 31 March. During the closures, clearly-signed diversions will be in place:

 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.

M6 Junctions 41 Wigton to 42 Carlisle

Work to replace road markings and reflective road studs on the M6 between Wigton and Carlisle is due to start on Monday 17 March and be completed by the end of the month. All the work will be done overnight – between 8pm and 6am each night – along short sections of the carriageway. One overnight closure of the northbound exit slip road at junction 42 will be required on Friday 28 March, with a diversion in place.

Work to resurface a short section of the northbound M6 around junction 41 will also be taking place between Monday 17 and Wednesday 19 March. Lane One will be closed around the clock during the three days, with the middle lane closed overnight. Both the northbound exit and entry slip roads will also be closed overnight with clearly-signed diversions in place. A full overnight closure of the northbound carriageway at junction 41 will also be required from 8pm on Saturday 5 April until 6am on Sunday 6 April. Drivers will need to leave the motorway on the exit slip road and rejoin it from the entry slip road.

M6 Junction 34 Heysham Link

There will be a total closure of the Northbound Exit Junction 34 slip road over two nights on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 March for resurfacing work.  The closures will take place from 8.00pm until 6.00am.  Traffic will be diverted four miles along the main carriageway to Junction 35, and will be directed to exit and re-join the motorway on the southbound carriageway to leave the M6 at Junction 34.

M60 Junctions 25 Bredbury to 27 Stockport

A major resurfacing scheme is being carried out along the M60 around Stockport, with work on the clockwise carriageway taking place until Saturday 29 March. The road will be closed overnight between 10pm and 5am on weekdays, and between 10pm and 7am at weekends. A clearly-signed diversion will be in place during the closures.

A66 Brough

Resurfacing work is taking place on parts of the westbound side of the A66 dual carriageway around Brough. All the work is taking place between 8pm and 6am each night to minimise inconvenience to road users, with a 40mph speed limit past the roadworks.

A66 Braithwaite to Portinscale

Temporary traffic lights will be in place for drainage work until Tuesday 25 March.

A66 North Stainmore

A project is taking place to resurface a mile-long section of the eastbound A66 around North Stainmore. The scheme, between Barras and the border with County Durham, should be completed by the end of the month, subject to weather conditions. The carriageway will be kept open most of the time with lane closures for the resurfacing work. However, full closures of the eastbound carriageway will be needed overnight between 8pm and 6am on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 March and Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 March.

 A66 Bassenthwaite Lake

There will be a 24hr contraflow in place while ground investigation work is underway from  6.00am on Sunday 16 March until 8.00pm on Friday 28 March

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 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.

A595 Whitehaven

A project is taking place to upgrade street lights along the A595, south of Whitehaven, and should be completed by the end of March. All the work will be taking place between 9.30am and 3.30pm to minimise inconvenience to road users, and temporary traffic signals will be in place.

 A585 Thornton-Cleveleys

Resurfacing work is being carried out on a short section over the A585 between Anchorsholme Lane and West Drive, requiring some overnight closures between 8pm and 6am. The work will take place until Monday 17 March, with diversions in place when the road is closed.

Further information:

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  1. From the web at or from a phone or mobile device at
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
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