Motorists could face major delays this weekend when a five mile stretch of road is closed.
A huge section of the A56 and M66 will be closed as Highways England carry out repairs on a bridge over the East Lancashire Railway.
The northbound carriageway of the M66, which merges into the A56, and the stretch from Junction 1 at Ramsbottom up to the A56 junction in Rawtenstall and Manchester Road will be closed this weekend from 10pm on Friday until 6am on Monday.
The southbound side of the carriageway will be closed next weekend for the same time period from Friday, August 7 until Monday, August 10.
Louise Baxendale, project manager at Highways England, said: “The resurfacing and waterproofing is vital maintenance work which will result in smoother and safer journeys for drivers.
“We need to close stretches of the A56 and M66 over the next two weekends to carry out this work and prevent problems with the bridge developing in the future.“The scheme is taking place at weekends when the roads are generally quieter and drivers will be able to follow clearly-signed diversion routes.”
There will be a temporary no waiting restriction along Market Street in Edenfield from the junction with East Street to the A676 Bury Road to allow for the increase is traffic being diverted along the route. Short stay parking will also be restricted but residents’ parking will be unaffected by the work.
Rossendale and Darwen MP Jake Berry sais: “At the moment it feels like the Council, utility companies and the Highways Agency are having a competition to see who can cause the most disruption in the Valley. Everywhere you turn there seems to be roadworks!
“I raised the issue of traffic management and better planning for roadworks in the House of Commons last week but in the meantime I am urging the Highways Agency to ensure that this latest scheme is completed as quickly as possible.”