Info for Southport Motorists on NorthWest Motorways for Mon 23rd – Sun 29th September 2013

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The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of Friday 20 September 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 Junctions 33 to 32 Garstang

Improvements to the carriageway and motorway bridge on the southbound side of the M6 near Garstang in Lancashire will begin on Monday 23rd September. The work involves installing new bridge joints, followed by repairs to the carriageway itself, and will be carried out overnight between 8pm and 6am. The first phase of work is due to be completed by Wednesday 25 September, with the second phase being carried out between Monday 7 and Thursday 10 October. Some lane closures and a 50mph speed limit will be in place while the work is carried out.

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 February 2014

M55 Broughton Roundabout

Lancashire County Council is carrying out improvement work at the roundabout linking Junction 1 of the M55 with the A6 at Broughton to reduce delays at one of Preston’s worst congestion hotspots. The scheme will widen the junctions with the A6, add traffic controls to all junctions, and make it safer to use for pedestrians and cyclists by installing new crossings while retaining the existing subways. The work is expected to be completed by December.

M56 Junctions 1 with M60 to 3, Baguley, South Manchester

A maintenance and repair project is taking place on a motorway bridge over a railway line in South Manchester. The eight-month scheme to repair the bridge – which carries the M56 Sharston Link over the Cheadle Branch railway line – is due to be completed by October. It involves replacing the existing parapets, repairing abutments, installing new expansion joints and bearings maintenance. Drivers are being advised that both the eastbound and westbound carriageways of the M56 between Junction 1 with the M60 and Junction 3 at Baguley, as well as junction slip roads, will be closed overnight, from 9pm until 5am, to allow the work to be carried out safely. Clearly-signed diversions will be in place when the road is closed.

M57 Junction 1 Huyton

A short section of the M57 will close every weekend for up to eight weeks from Friday 20 September to allow Knowsley Council to carry out work on the A5300 Knowsley Expressway towards Speke and Liverpool John Lennon Airport. The southbound link road from the M57 onto the Expressway, south of Tarbock Island interchange where junction 1 of the M57 meets junction 6 of the M62, will be closed each weekend. The weekend closures will start at 10pm each Friday and last until 6am on the following Monday morning, with work expected to be completed by Monday 11 November. A diversion will be in place.

M58 Bootle to Wigan

A project is taking place to carry out repairs to the entire length of the M58 between Bootle and Wigan. All of the work will be carried out overnight and will also include replacing reflective road studs and road markings. The work will take place between 10pm and 5am, or until 7am at weekends, and is due to be completed by Sunday 13 October. Diversions will be in place when slip roads or parts of the motorway carriageway are closed.

M60 Junction 11 Irlam

Maintenance work is being carried out at Junction 11 of the M60 which will require some slip roads to be closed overnight, between 10pm and 5am. The project is due to be completed by Saturday 30 November. Diversions will be in place when slip roads are closed.

M60 Junction 25 Bredbury to Junction 1 Stockport

Overnight maintenance work is being carried out on both sides of the M60 between Junctions 25 and 1, which includes drainage work, improvements to junction signs and resurfacing. The work will take place between 10pm and 5am during weekdays and between 10pm and 7am at weekends, and will require some lane and slip road closures. It is due to be completed by Monday 16 December, and diversions will be in place when slip roads are closed.

M66 Junctions 1 to 2 Bury

A project to tackle potholes and other wear and tear along the M66 near Bury, is taking place until Thursday 10 October. The work will be carried out overnight, and will require the closure of the northbound and southbound carriageways for up to ten nights each. All of the work will take place between 10pm and 5am during weekdays, or until 7am at weekends. Diversions will be in place when the motorway is closed.

A66 Stainton

Work to resurface the westbound carriageway along the A66 from Slapestones to Barron’s Cross will begin on Monday 23rd September. The resurfacing work will take place overnight between 8pm and 6am until Wednesday 2nd October, with additional work taking place during the daytime between 8am and 5pm to replace road markings and reflective studs. A temporary 40mph speed limit will be in place during the day with a 10mph speed restriction and temporary traffic lights overnight. There will also be some night time closures of the Stainton / Newbiggin junction with diversions in place.

A66 Appleby to Kirkby Thore

Work to upgrade safety barriers along the A66 near Appleby will start on Tuesday 24 September and is due to be completed by Monday 7 October. All of the work will be carried out during off-peak hours during the day, between 9.30am and 3.30pm, to minimise inconvenience to drivers. Temporary traffic lights will be in place.

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 A590 currently forms a T-junction with the A5092, with traffic having to pull into a gap in the central reservation to turn right towards Ulverston. The first phase of work involves building up the land around the junction ahead of construction work on the roundabout itself starting in the autumn. The project is due to be completed by February 2014.

Kingsway Tunnel, Merseyside

Merseytravel will be closing Kingsway Tunnel – which runs between Liverpool and the Wirral peninsula – for four consecutive Sunday nights from Sunday 22 September for essential maintenance work. Most drivers will be able to use Queensway Tunnel during the closures, although lorries will be diverted on the M56 as the tunnel is not suitable for heavy goods vehicles. The closure will take place between 8pm and 5am on each Sunday night until Monday 14 October.

– Keep within the speed limit – it is there for your safety.

– Get into the correct lane in good time – don’t keep switching.

– Concentrate on the road ahead, not the roadworks.

– Be alert for works’ traffic leaving or entering roadworks.

– Keep a safe distance – there could be queues in front.

– Observe all signs – they are there to help you.

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