A six-week Highways Agency maintenance programme along the A56 will get underway later this month.
Most of the nine-mile route, which linking the M66 near Bury and the M65 at Accrington, will benefit in a £585,000 programme of overnight maintenance work which is due to begin on Friday, August 17 and should be completed by Sunday, September 30.
The work, which will be carried out in phases along different sections of both carriageways of the route, includes resurfacing to repair potholes and cracking, upgrading road markings, renewal of road studs and some renewal of lighting and surface re-texturing.
Signs will be erected to advise drivers when the work is taking place along individual sections of the route. To minimise inconvenience to drivers, including commuters, work will only be taking place overnight between 10pm and 5am on weekdays and 10pm to 7am on weekends.
The project includes:
- A first phase of work over two nights at the start of the project for repairs and surface treatment to improve skid resistance along the northbound exit and southbound entry slip roads at the roundabout with the A681 at Rawtenstall
- A second two night phase for repairs and surface treatment to improve skid resistance on the southbound access slip onto the A56 from Haslingden (Grane Rd)
- Eight overnight closures for work over five miles of the southbound A56 between the A680 at Helmshore and the start of the M66 near Edenfield north of Bury. The A682 southbound link road onto the A56 from the Bury Road Roundabout near Helmshore will also close. Drivers will be diverted west of the A56 to use the B6527 Manchester Road down to Junction 1 of the motorway.
- Five overnight closures of the southbound carriageway for around 3.5 miles between its junction with the A679 Burnley Road and Rising Bridge Roundabout for repairs and lighting renewal. A diversion will operate using Burnley Road into Accrington and the A680 out of the town down to the roundabout.
- Five overnight closures of the northbound carriageway between Rising Bridge Roundabout and the junction with the A679 Burnley Road for repairs and lighting renewal. A diversion will operate using the A680 west of the A56 up into Accrington and then eastbound along the A679 to rejoin the dual carriageway.
Highways Agency project sponsor Jakub Malaj said it was an important programme of maintenance to ensure that drivers can continue to enjoy safe, smooth and reliable journeys along this key link between the M65 and M66.
He added: "The work will extend the life of the carriageway and provide smoother, safer conditions for road users by repairing potholes and improving visibility, road markings and skid resistance.
"Traffic flow along the A56 is very light overnight and we are not anticipating significant delays to people's journeys but we encourage drivers to plan journeys, leave a little extra time if they are travelling overnight and to heed diversion advice."