Roadworks update for the North West: All major works from August 31 to September 6
Major roadworks are planned for across the region for the coming week
The following summary of planned new and ongoing roadworks over the coming week is correct as of August 28 but could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.
M55 junctions 1 to 3
Narrow lanes and a 50mph speed limit are now in place along a short stretch of the motorway where a new junction (junction 2) is being constructed as part of Lancashire County Council’s Preston Western Distributor road project.
M55 junction 4
As part of ongoing maintenance and repairs the Highways Agency is carrying out overnight work to iron out lumps and bumps and carry out small-scale ‘patching’ resurfacing across parts of the motorway and major A road network. On Saturday and Sunday next week (September 5 and 6) - between 10pm and 5am each night - we’ll be working at junction 4 of the eastbound M55. The main carriageway will be closed between the slip roads during these times allowing us to operate a simple off-and-on diversion.
A590, A585 and M6 (Forton to Junction 34)
A £1m rolling programme of overnight work to renew road markings and road studs along sections of the A590, A585 and M6 in Cumbria and Lancashire is taking place until September. The work is focusing on sections of the A590 between Dalton-in-Furness and Brettargh Holt Roundabout, the A585 between Eros Roundabout and Little Singleton and along the M6 between Forton and Lancaster. Some overnight road, lane or slip road closures and or temporary traffic signals will be used. Work along the A585 section has now been completed.
M6 bridge painting junction 34 to junction 35
The Highways Agency is carrying out 9pm to 5am overnight maintenance, including re-painting, on two bridges – Lane Ends and Colewood footbridges - between junction 34 and junction 35 of the M6 in an eight-week project which started on August 4. Both the northbound and southbound carriageways will be reduced to one lane including hard shoulder running in each direction at the location of each bridge during the overnight work. A 50mph speed limit will also be in place. No work will be taking place during the bank holiday weekend (August 28 August to September 1).
M6 junction 36
A £7m maintenance project along the A590 between Brettargh Holt junction and the M6 at junction 36 includes improvements at the motorway roundabout itself (including resurfacing and installing new bridge joints). The four month project starts on September 4 and involves traffic management – including closures – at the roundabout at times.
M6 junction 36 to junction 44
Several months of round-the-clock work as part of the £1.5m M6 Species Rich Grassland project to improve biodiversity along the motorway’s verges started last week - with occasional lane one closures along short stretches of the carriageway. Some slip road closures will be required in the autumn. This scheme particularly increases the variety of wildflowers, improving conditions to support bees and other pollinators. Work in August will focus in the verges along both the northbound and southbound carriageways between junction 36 and junction 38.
M6 junctions 36 to 43 and A66 and A595
A £3m rolling programme of work to renew road markings and road studs along sections of the M6, A66 and A595 in Cumbria will last until September. The work is focusing on sections of the M6 between Kendal and Carlisle, the A66 west of Cockermouth and along the A595 between Distington and Thornhill. Some overnight – 8pm to 6am - lane or slip road closures and off-peak or use of temporary traffic lights will be used.