Changes to road alignment in Lancs as part of £150m motorways scheme

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Road works are in progress

Lancashire drivers are being told of changes to the road alignment as part of a £150m National Highways scheme.

National Highways will divert traffic along the A585 to a new section of road next to Old Mains Lane to safely remove the existing Skippool Bridge near Windy Harbour.

The traffic change will take place on the night of the week from Monday October 10, under temporary traffic lights and the new route will be marked on the approach in both directions.

To complete work on the outer shoulders at the Skippool roundabout, Motorways will have to undertake overnight work on Skippool Road (southbound only) on Wednesday 12 October, for three nights from 8.30pm to 5.30am under temporary traffic lights .

Additionally, sheet piling next to the garage on Mains Lane will take place. This will begin the week beginning Monday, October 24 and will take approximately five weeks.

The existing Skippool Bridge will be removed during this time.

National Highways project manager Tristram Bardrick said: “The removal of the existing Skippool Bridge is an important part of this project and these changes to the route of the road will help ensure it can proceed safely.

“The bridge will be removed during the sheet piling process. We appreciate that the sheet piles can be noisy and that is why we will only carry out this part of the work during the day.

Sheet piles help build stable foundations for construction works. This involves driving large amounts of steel deep into the ground.

It is widely used in the construction industry and will not cause any property damage, although it does create noise.

More information about the project and the opportunity to provide feedback on ongoing road works can be found on the National Highways website.

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