Final phase of UK dual carriageway to start next month


The final phase of work on the new £192M dual carriageway in Cheshire is set to start next month, Highways England announced.

The A556 Knutsford to Bowdon dual carriageway, between junction 19 of the M6 and junction 7 of the M56, is part of a £15bn government investment in motorways and major A roads by 2021, which is being delivered by Highways England as part of the Northern Powerhouse initiative.

Road closures will be carried out to allow the motorway junctions to be tied into the new dual carriageway. Full weekend closures will start in mid-February.

“The new A556 ties into the existing road at M6 J19 and at the southern end of the scheme. The level difference between the old road and the new is significant and requires us to fully close the existing A556 in order to build up the levels,” Paul Hampson, Highways England project manager, told the World Construction Network.

He added: “As part of the closures we will be also carrying out extensive work on the new, off line section, ready for opening, carrying out preparation for the de-trunking phase & the remodelling of the Mere & Bucklow junctions. The final weekend closure will be to complete the concrete central reservation barrier and drainage channels at Mereside.”

The new carriageway is expected to open to traffic by the end of March.

Find out more on the road closures dates here.

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