Long delays reported on M56 due to closure and diversion near Runcorn
Motorists using the M56 through Cheshire today are advised to plan their journeys in advance due to long delays reported on the Eastbound side just past Helsby.
Friday saw the second-weekend closure of the motorway near Runcorn for bridge demolition work begin.
The motorway is closed in both directions from Junction 12 (A557, Runcorn) to Junction 11 (A56 Chester Road, Preston Brook).
This closure is expected to last until the early hours of Monday morning. Authorities advise drivers to plan alternative routes where possible to avoid the affected area.
This roadwork operation has led to congestion on the Daresbury Expressway Westbound and the Weston Point Expressway Southbound.
There is also significant traffic building on the Eastbound approach – heading away from North Wales and Chester – to Junction 12.
Motorists are urged to allow extra travel time, particularly if their journey is essential or if they plan on using this section of the M56 over the weekend.
This closure forms part of National Highways’ £27 million A533 bridge replacement project.
The project is nearing completion after 18 months of work.
National Highways project manager Sam Whitfield said, “Demolishing the old A533 bridge, which is right next to the new one, was always going to be a delicate and complicated operation. The safety of road users is our key concern.”
He added, “With the motorway and new bridge closed again this weekend, we’re urging drivers to plan ahead, check for congestion on the diversion routes before setting off, and leave a little bit of extra time for journeys – or avoid this section of the motorway altogether if possible.”
Clearly-signed diversions will be in place during both the bridge and motorway closures.