Info for Southport motorists on NW motorways for Monday 28 July – Sunday 3 August 2014

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Info for Southport motorists on NW motorways for Monday 28 July – Sunday 3 August 2014

The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of Friday 25 July and 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 Barthomley

Overnight work is underway to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow at junction 16 of the M6. The scheme will provide a third lane on the north and southbound exit slip roads and the approach on the A500. Additional traffic lights will also be installed. There will be some overnight closures of slip roads and the A500 and B5078 at different stages of the project. A temporary speed limit of 50mph is also in place, and the project is expected to be completed by the middle of December.

M6 Junctions 20 to 21 Thelwall Viaduct

Work on the Thelwall Viaduct has almost been completed, and the 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 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. There will be narrow lanes, plus some overnight slip road and carriageway closures until the project is completed in October.

M53 Junctions 3 Heswall to Junction 4 Clatterbridge

Work to repair the central reservation barrier on the M53 between junctions 3 and 4 has started. There will be lane 3 closures in both directions during the work, which is expected to be completed in July. Reduced speed limits will also be in place.

M56 Junction 5 Manchester Airport to Junction 6 Hale

Work to replace Thorley Lane Bridge over the M56 near Manchester Airport begins on Friday 1 August.

The existing bridge will be demolished over the weekend with a full closure of the motorway in both directions between junction 6 at Hale and junction 5 for Manchester Airport.  The closures will be in place from 10pm on Friday 1 August until 5am on Monday 4 August.

Drivers on the westbound M56 will still be able to use junction 5 to get to Manchester Airport but people travelling eastbound will need to leave the motorway at junction 6 and take a short diversion via Runger Lane.

Drivers aiming to use the M56 to travel beyond Manchester Airport in either direction will be directed to use the M6, M62 and M60 instead via Lymm (M56), Croft (M62) and Eccles (M60) interchanges.   Local diversions will also be in place.

Installation of the new bridge will begin in November with further weekend closures of the motorway.

M56 Junction 12 Runcorn to Junction 14 Hapsford

Work to resurface the westbound carriageway of the M56 between Junction 12 Runcorn to Junction 14 Hapsford will begin on Monday 28 July.  The work will also include the replacement of worn roadmarkings on the eastbound carriageway.

All of the resurfacing will be done overnight between 10pm and 5am, Mondays to Fridays.   To do this safely the motorway will be reduced to single lane running overnight in one direction between the two junctions with some overnight closures of the M56 Westbound access junction.  A clearly signed diversion will be in place. During the day drivers may also notice some hard shoulder closures associated with the work.

M60 Junction 8 Sale to M62 Junction 20 Rochdale

A major project is taking place to cut congestion and improve journey times on parts of the M60 and the M62 in Greater Manchester.

The first stage of the project will see engineers carry out site surveys and ground investigation work. Some sections of the hard shoulder will be closed although vehicles will be able to get through the cones in an emergency.

A temporary steel barrier to protect road workers will be installed in the hard shoulder between junction 18 of the M62 at the M60/M66 interchange and junction 20 at Rochdale. At the same time, a 50mph speed limit will be introduced on the M62 section, to ensure the safety of the workforce and motorists.

The temporary speed limit, enforced with temporary average speed cameras, will then gradually be extended across the length of the smart motorway route over the following weeks.

M60 Junction 24 Denton

Phase two of the Denton Island improvements is underway at junction 24 of the M60, where the motorway meets the M67 and the A57– a key commuter route into Manchester city centre. The whole project is due to be completed by Friday 19 December with most of the work carried out overnight. Some road and lane closures will be necessary.

A595 Bridge Foot to Winscales

Temporary traffic lights will be in operation between 9am and 4pm from Monday 21 July until Tuesday 5 August while drainage surveys are carried out.

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