M6 in Cheshire to be made 'safer and more reliable'

M6 in Cheshire to be made 'safer and more reliable'

A major £14.5 million repairs and improvement programme is to make travelling on the M6 in Cheshire better, it has been announced.

Highways England says the project between Knutsford and Lymm is about delivering a safer and more reliable stretch of motorway for drivers.

It is one of the biggest maintenance projects of its kind undertaken anywhere in the North West in recent years, with a total of eight separate projects being combined at once to minimise future disruption.

A combination of bridge repairs and support strengthening will be carried out from December 4, along with the installation of a new concrete central reservation barrier, new steel verge barriers, drainage improvements and resurfacing.

The work is estimated to be completed in early 2017, meaning it will coincide for a time with construction of the M6 junction 16 to 19 smart motorway project which is due to start early next year.

Drivers can expect some overnight carriageway closures at the beginning and end of the project, as well as regular overnight lane closures.

But Andy Withington of Highways England claims the disruption will be worth it in the long run. He says carrying out multiple improvements at the same time means there will be no need for further work on this stretch of motorway for several years.

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