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Further M6 road closures announced as bridge repair work continues

Traffic gridlock on the M6 during a road closure for bridge repairs in September

Motorists in North Lancashire will experience further M6 motorway closures for bridge repairs this month.

The M6 southbound carriageway between Junction 33 (south Lancaster) and Junction 32 (Broughton Interchange) is due to close tonight (November 14) between 9pm and 5am.

The junction 33 southbound entry slip road will also be closed between those times. The exit slip road will be open to allow drivers to join the southbound A6 diversion route.

Further overnight closures are then scheduled for November 15 to 23 and then again on November 28 and 29.

The closures are part of a continuing £1.7m programme of wear-and-tear repairs to two bridges on the M6, which have been delayed on a number of occasions.

The repairs are to recurring potholes in the motorway carriageways on Whittingham Lane and Stubbins Lane bridges between junction 32 and junction 33. 

Work to refurbish the two bridge decks started in September and includes full re-waterproofing, concrete repairs and the replacement of bridge joints – mechanisms which allow the bridges to expand and contract safely during changes in the weather.

A new central reservation safety barrier is also being constructed on each bridge alongside new surfacing, white lining and road studs. 

National Highways: North West had hoped the work would be finished by Friday November 18.

But they also said the dates would be extended if affected by inclement weather. 

Initial weekend road closures between Junction 33 and Junction 32 in early September caused traffic gridlock leading to a review of the closure dates and times.

Planned closures were also postponed due to the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

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More information about the project is available here.

National Highways is urging drivers using the motorway overnight to use the official diversion route via the southbound A6 from junction 33.

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

Live traffic information is always available here or from National Highways’ 24-7 customer contact centre at 0300 123 5000.

Updates will also be posted to @HighwaysNWest – National Highways’ regional Twitter feed.


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