Weekend lane and slip road closures for M6 resurfacing works

Published date: 17 January 2014
Type:Press release
Region: North West

HIGHWAYS AGENCY News Release issued 17 January 2014

A £250,000 Highways Agency project to repair and resurface sections of the northbound M6 around junction 36 at Millness in Cumbria will get underway next month.

The work, which includes repairing the foundations of the carriageway in lane one and resurfacing parts of lane two, will be carried out over two weekends starting on Friday 21 February and finishing on Monday 3 March. The exit slip road at junction 36 will also be resurfaced.

The work will start at 8pm on each of the two Friday evenings and finish by 6am on each Monday morning. Between 8pm and 8am each day two lanes of the carriageway are likely to be closed with one lane closed during the day.

There will be alternate closures of the northbound exit slip road and entry slip road with drivers sent on clearly-signed diversions using alternative routes along the M6.

Highways Agency project sponsor Peter Gee said:

“These repairs will provide drivers with safer, smoother journeys along the main carriageway and on the slip road onto the A590 and local roads network.”

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Notes to Editors:

1. The Highways Agency is an executive agency of the Department for Transport. We manage, maintain and improve England’s motorways and other strategic roads on behalf of the Secretary of State.

2. In the North West, day-to-day running and maintenance of the motorway network and other strategic roads is managed by two Area Performance Teams – Area 10 covering Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and south Lancashire and Area 13 covering north Lancashire and Cumbria. Each area team has a main service provider (EM Highways Services* in Area 13 and Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald in Area 10) which delivers routine maintenance, improvements and winter service arrangements such as salt spreading as well as assistance at incidents on motorways and Highways Agency A roads. *Recently rebranded from EnterpriseMouchel

3. Maintenance and improvement projects: We plan maintenance and improvement projects carefully to allow road works to be completed safely, in a cost effective way while keeping disruption to road users to a minimum. We do as much work as possible overnight and when roads are less busy in order to keep more lanes open for road users at peak travel times. Drivers are advised to check their route for road works and allow extra time for their journeys where needed. We have a variety of journey planning tools that road users can use to check travel conditions on the roads we manage, and we will do all we can to keep road users informed.

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