Friday, 9 May 2014

M6 Closure postponed

Update 9/5/14 -  14:41. Due to a late forecast of poor weather over the weekend, this weekend's planned overnight closures of the northbound M6 between junctions 32 and 33 have been postponed. The Highways Agency doesn't yet have a new date.

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Delayed repairs to a motorway bridge along the northbound carriageway of the M6 north of Preston in Lancashire will resume this weekend (Friday 9 May) with a series of overnight carriageway closures on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.

The £150,000 Highways Agency project on the bridge carrying the M6 over Whittingham Lane at Broughton is re-waterproofing work.  It has been disrupted by poor weather - most recently over the last weekend in April when the work was due to be completed with three overnight carriageway closures.

The northbound section of the bridge structure is leaking and requires new waterproofing treatment to protect structural elements such as the main bridge beams. The work will cost approximately £150,000.

Subject to weather conditions, the work will now be completed by 6am on Monday (12 May)  with overnight closures of the northbound carriageway between junction 32 and junction 33 between 10pm and 6am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights (9, 10 and 11 May).

The closure will also affect anyone on the eastbound M55 seeking to join the northbound M6 at Broughton Interchange.  Those drivers will leave the M55 at junction 1 at the roundabout with the A6 instead and use the northbound A6 to join the northbound M6 at junction 33.   Motorway users already on the northbound M6 will be directed onto the westbound M55 and then to leave at junction 1 where they can also join the diversion route along the northbound A6.

Fair weather is forecast for this weekend and it is not anticipated the work will be postponed again.

Drivers are advised to check traffic and travel conditions before setting out on journeys.

The Highways Agency provides live traffic information via its website www.highways.gov.uk/traffic, local and national radio travel bulletins, electronic road signs and mobile platforms, such as the iPhone. Local Twitter services are also available at @HAtraffic_nwest and @HAtraffic_pen9 for transpennine routes.

Providing they can do so safely, road users can also call the Highways Agency Information Line (0300 123 5000) to keep up to date with road conditions

More information is available at
www.highways.gov.uk/roads/road-projects/m6-whittingham-lane-northbound-re-waterproofing

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