Info for Southport motorists on NorthWest motorways for Monday 26 May – Sunday 1 June 2014

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Info for Southport motorists on NorthWest motorways for Monday 26 May  – Sunday 1 June 2014

The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of Friday 23 May 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.

The Highways Agency will be clearing 75% of its roadworks to help minimise congestion and smooth journeys over the bank holiday weekend. However, drivers are advised to check the traffic information services at,

M6 Junctions 20 to 21 Thelwall Viaduct

Work on the Thelwall Viaduct has almost been completed, and temporary contraflow lane, 40mph speed limit and narrow lanes have now been removed. Joint replacement work on the viaduct is still required on the northbound exit slip road at junction 21 which will take the project into June but this will be limited to occasional overnight lane and slip road closures at weekends.

M6 Junction 32 Broughton Interchange

A project is being carried out to reduce congestion around the motorway junction which connects the M6 to the Blackpool-bound M55. From Friday 29 May there will be narrow lanes, plus some overnight slip road and carriageway closures until the project is completed in October.

Any overnight closures will take place between 9.00pm (or 10.00pm on Fridays) and 6.00am the next morning at the following locations with clearly-signed diversions in place via the A59, A5085 and A6:

•           M6 northbound carriageway  between junction 31 and junction 32

•           M6 northbound carriageway through junction 32

•           M6 Junction 31 northbound entry slip road;

•           M6 Junction 31A northbound exit slip road, and

•           M6 northbound to M55 westbound link road

In addition, speed restrictions of 50mph will be in place along sections of the M6 and M55.  These will be in place until the work has been completed.

At times the hard shoulder will be used as a running lane to maintain capacity. A free break down service will be in operation.   Vehicles over 1.95m in width will be banned from using the outside lane through the roadworks and wide loads will be expected to straddle the two running lanes.

M6 Junction 36 Kendal

The northbound exit slip road at Junction 36 Kendal, and two lanes of the main carriageway will be closed overnight for white lining works from 11.59pm Saturday 31 May to 6.00am Sunday 1 June.  Traffic wishing to leave the motorway will be diverted via Junction 37.

M56 Junctions 8 Altrincham to 9 Lymm

A project is taking place to install a new concrete safety barrier along a half-a-mile section of the M56. Drainage improvements and resurfacing work will also be carried out, and the scheme is due to be completed by Wednesday 11 June. The motorway will remain open at all times but with a lane three closure throughout the project. Lane two of the carriageway in each direction will also close overnight throughout the project. Drivers will be able to use the hard shoulder as a running lane throughout the work, and a 50mph speed limit will be in place.

A590 Swarthmoor (Third Party works)

There will be daytime traffic signals in place for HV Electricity reinforcement works from 8.30am to 4.30pm until Friday 18 July

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