M6 roadworks set to start

Thelwall Viaduct
Thelwall Viaduct

MOTORISTS heading south on the M6 are being warned to expect delays as maintenance work begins along Thelwall Viaduct.

At the end of the month a £2.5m Highways Agency maintenance project will get underway to replace expansion joints along the viaduct’s two bridge structures.

The project will start on Thursday, February 27, with the first of a handful of overnight carriageway closures which will be needed for the installation, adjustment and removal of a part-contraflow system which will help maintain four lanes in each direction of the motorway.

When one of the bridges is being worked on, three lanes will run almost normally but with the fourth lane switched onto the opposite carriageway where four lanes will also operate as usual. All of the lanes will be narrowed during the works with a 40mph speed limit in operation supported by safety cameras.

The project is likely to take nine or 10 weeks and last at least until Friday, May 9, say Highways chiefs.