Work to start on motorway

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MOTORISTS travelling on Wigan’s motorway during off-peak hours are to expect disruption as work begins on Wednesday night on reducing congestion.

The Highways Agency’s £1.7m scheme at junction 26 of the M6, which links the motorway to the M58 and A577, will see an extra lane added to the northbound side of the link road between the M6 and the A577 Orrell Road.

An extra lane will also be created at the end of the southbound exit slip road from the M6, and new traffic lights will be installed at the roundabout to the east of the M6 junction, known as Orrell Interchange.

Initial work will require overnight closures of the link road between 10pm and 5am from Wednesday 27 August.

The junction will remain open for vehicles travelling between the M6 and the M58, but a diversion will be in place for local traffic coming on or off the motorways at the interchange.

The majority of the work for the rest of the project will take place overnight and will require some closures of the southbound slip roads, the roundabout and the link road to the A577.

Weekend closures will also be required of the link road between the eastern roundabout at Orrell Interchange and the A577 Orrell Road, between 10pm on Fridays and 5am on Mondays.

Details on the dates of the closures and the diversions will be announced nearer the time.

Some lane closures will also be required during the day at the junction, with a temporary 50mph speed limit in place throughout the project for the safety of motorists and workers.

The scheme is due to be completed by February 2015.

For the full story, see Wigan Evening Post (Wednesday)