Widening scheme brings closures

Project: A 'super gantry' was installed across the southbound and northbound carriageways recently
Project: A 'super gantry' was installed across the southbound and northbound carriageways recently
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A multi-million pound widening project has begun on the M6 motorway in Lancashire.

Drivers using the M6 and M55 around Preston are being advised that overnight carriageway closures, that started this weekend, will continue into the week as part of the £7m pinch point widening improvements scheme.

The Highways Agency, which manages, maintains and improves England’s motorways and other strategic roads on behalf of the Secretary of State, will begin to widen the northbound carriageway of the M6 ahead of and through junction 32 at Broughton Interchange where the motorway meets the M55.

And a full carriageway closure of the link road from the northbound M6 to the westbound M55 took place from Saturday night into Sunday morning where drivers had to access the M55, by leaving the northbound M6 at junction 31 at Samlesbury and using the westbound A59 and A5085 and then northbound A6 to travel to junction 1 of the M55.

On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week full overnight closures of the eastbound link road from the M55 onto the southbound M6 will take place every night between 9pm and 6am. To access the southbound M6, drivers on the M55 should leave the motorway at junction 1 and join the M6 at junction 31 at Samlesbury via the southbound A6 and then eastbound A5085 and A59.

All diversions will be clearly signed. In a bid to reduce the risk of harm to road workers and all road users, drivers are urged to keep within the speed limit, access the correct lane in good time, concentrate on the road ahead, not the roadworks, be alert for works’ traffic leaving or entering roadworks, keep a safe distance from other vehicles as there could be queues in front and to observe all signs as they are there to help you and other drivers.

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, @HAtraffic_yorks and @HAtraffic_pen9 for transpennine routes.

Drivers are also urged to check travel conditions before setting out on journeys.