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Major Lancashire and Cumbria roadworks happening next week

Written by on April 15, 2021

Major roadworks are set to take place across some of Lancashire and Cumbria’s busiest roads next week.

From Saturday (April 17), road improvement works are taking place across the M6, M55, and A585 as part of wider projects across the two counties.

The work could take longer if the weather worsens, Highways England has said.

A spokesperson explained: “The following summary of planned new and ongoing roadworks over the coming week is correct as of Friday, April 16 but could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.

“All our work is carried out with the aim of causing as little disruption as possible.

“Roadworks affect all journeys which is why it is important they are completed as quickly as possible.

“All our sites have strict safeguarding measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and none of our sites are open to the public.”

Here are all the major roadworks:

M6 between junctions 32 and 33 (Turner’s Farm bridge)

Four 9pm to 6am overnight closures of the southbound M6 are taking place on Saturday (April 17) and on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

They mark the start of work to install a new support for the bridge in the verge alongside the southbound carriageway.

The work will take around 14 weeks and involves a 50mph speed limit – backed by average speed cameras – through the roadworks zone.

The speed cameras have been installed but will only be in operation from Saturday. Overnight closures of the southbound carriageway from junction 33 to junction 32 will be accompanied by a diversion via the A6.

M6 between junctions 35 and 37 (northbound)

Nine weeks of resurfacing work along the northbound carriageway started on Sunday.

A single lane closure will be in place during the with two lanes closed overnight.

Occasional slip road closures will be required during the work with clearly-signed diversions in place.

M6 between junctions 39 and 41 (northbound)

Five weeks of resurfacing work along the northbound carriageway started on Saturday.

This involves lane closures with single lane running, at times using the hard shoulder, overnight.

There will also be occasional overnight closures with a full closure of the northbound carriageway between junction 39 and junction 40 from 8pm on Saturday to 5am on Sunday.

The northbound carriageway will also be closed occasionally at junction 40 with an off-and-on (up and over) diversion using the northbound exit slip and entry slip roads to leave and then immediately rejoin the motorway.

Some overnight slip road closures will also be required with clearly-signed diversions in place.

M55 junctions 1 to 3

Narrow lanes and a 50mph speed limit are now in place along a short stretch of the motorway where a new junction (junction 2) is being constructed as part of Lancashire County Council’s Preston Western Distributor road project.

The road will link southern Preston and Fylde to the M55 to hopefully help reduce congestion around Preston.

A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool improvement

Work to deliver a £150million new bypass and junction improvements is now under way.

The first major construction phase for the project is now underway with work at Skippool and Skippool Bridge junctions where we are dualling a short section of the existing single carriageway A585 and replacing the existing roundabout with a signalised crossroads.

Narrow lanes and a speed reduction will be in place.

Work has also started from the A585 to construct the new Poulton junction which will form part of the new bypass.

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