05 July 2012
A 197,000 pounds Highways Agency maintenance programme along sections of the M65 between Blackburn and Burnley will get underway later this month - with some overnight carriageway, lane and slip road closures.
All of the work will be done overnight and in phases to minimise inconvenience to motorway users. The maintenance and repair scheme, which is due to start on Monday 23 July and be completed by Friday 17 August, includes filling pot holes, repairing surface cracking and renewing road markings and road studs.
The overnight work will be taking place between 10pm and 5am on weekdays and 10pm and 7am on weekends.
The work will be carried out in five phases over ten miles of the route between Junction 5 at Guide, south of Blackburn, and Junction 10 at Burnley.
The last phase of the work involves the total closure of the westbound carriageway for three nights between Junction 6 at Whitebirk and Junction 5 with a clearly-signed diversion in place using the A6119 Whitebirk Road, B6130 Shadsworth Road and A6177 Haslingden Road. The westbound exit slip at Junction 5 and entry slip at Junction 6 will also be closed at this time.
The scheme also involves:
. Phase one closure of the westbound entry slip at Junction 10 for two nights with a clearly-signed diversion in place using the westbound A679, running parallel with the motorway, to access the M65 at Junction 9 at Lane Ends.
. Phase two work between Junction 7 of the motorway at Rishworth and Junction 8 at Accrington involving closing lanes along the eastbound carriageway for three nights with the hard shoulder used as a running lane and 50mph speed limit in place. The eastbound exit slip at junction 8 will also be closed over the three nights.
. The third and fourth phases of the work involve the four night closure of the westbound entry slip at Junction 7 of the motorway and the closure of the westbound exit slip at Junction 6 for two nights respectively.
Apart from the first and final phases of the work, when slip roads are closed diversions using the opposite carriageway of the motorway will be in place
Highways Agency project sponsor Jakub Malaj, said, "This is routine maintenance designed to ensure drivers can continue to enjoy safe, smooth and reliable journeys along this part of the M65. In particular we will be enhancing skid resistance and road markings, making the route even safer for drivers. A lot of the work is very localised around specific slip roads and we do not anticipate significant delays although during the final phase of the work when the westbound carriageway will be shut for three nights a diversion will be in place using local roads and we would advise drivers to leave a little bit of extra time to complete journeys."
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