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Highways England to carry out resurfacing works in Cumbria


20 October 2016

Highways England (HE) is planning to undertake resurfacing works over the next few weeks along sections of the M6 in Cumbria, north-west England, to provide drivers with smoother journeys.

Costing almost £2m, the resurfacing works will be carried out at five different locations that include junction 36 of the motorway at Kirkby Lonsdale and junction 39 at Shap.

Highways England project manager Peter Gee said: “These are routine repairs, typically to tackle potholes and other surface defects caused by wear and tear, to ensure users of the M6 through this part of Cumbria can continue to enjoy safe, smooth and reliable journeys.

"There will be no full carriageway closures and we are doing all we can to keep traffic moving by keeping as many lanes open as possible."

“There will be no full carriageway closures and we are doing all we can to keep traffic moving by keeping as many lanes open as possible and doing most of the work at night when traffic volumes are low.”

Works at junction 39 at Shap have already begun this week. The project works include resurfacing of all lanes of the northbound carriageway. Nearly £700,000 will be spent for carrying out these road works.

HE will spend £400,000 for repair works across all three lanes of the southbound carriageway through Lune Gorge between junction 38 at Tebay and junction 37 for Kendal.

In addition, a £100,000 scheme will start on 24 October to resurface sections of all three lanes along the southbound carriageway between junction 39 at Shap and junction 38 at Tebay.

The £80,000 worth resurfacing works have already started on lanes 1 and 2 of the southbound carriageway near Killington Services between junction 37 at Kendal and junction 36 at Kirkby Lonsdale.

HE also said that from 24 October repair and improvement works will be taken up along the northbound carriageway between Hoghouse Bridge and junction 37 at Kendal. Works include resurfacing all three lanes, installation of some new road signs and improved protection for Hoghouse Bridge from vehicle strikes. The work is expected to be complete by 20 November.

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