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Overnight bridge work for M6 at Penrith starts on Monday
9:29am Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
A FOUR-night Highways Agency project to repair a motorway bridge along the M6 just south of Penrith will start on Monday.
The work is taking place on the southbound carriageway along a bridge which carries the motorway over the River Eamont and a private access road just south of junction 40 of the motorway.
The work, which will take place between 8pm and 6am each night, involves replacing expansion joints, which allow the bridge structure to expand and contract with changes in weather conditions.
The £32,000 project will start on Monday night and be completed by Friday morning.
To allow the repairs to be carried out safely there will be some overnight lane closures along the southbound carriageway although it will remain open to drivers at all times.
However, due to the closeness of the bridge to the end of the southbound entry slip road at junction 40 there will be no access to the southbound M6 from junction 40.
Lane three of the carriageway will also be closed around the clock over the four days of work.
Drivers seeking to join the southbound M6 at junction 40 will be diverted from the junction roundabout onto the northbound carriageway where they can exit at junction 41 and join the southbound carriageway from the junction roundabout there.
Highways Agency project sponsor Mark Mosley said: “This is routine maintenance which will extend the life of the bridge structure and ensure drivers can continue to enjoy safe, smooth journeys along the M6 through this part of Cumbria.
“We have timed the work to ensure it takes place at the quietest time of the day and we are not anticipating significant delays from the main carriageway lane closures, although drivers seeking to join the southbound M6 from junction 40 should leave a little bit of extra time to take the diversion route.”
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