New M56 bridge successfully lifted into place over weekend
A new bridge across the M56 near Runcorn has been successfully lifted into place over the weekend.
A stretch of the M56 in Cheshire was closed in both directions all weekend as National Highways carried out the work.
The 67-metre steel structure was built off-site and transported from the site compound using special machinery, due to its size and weight.
Prior to last weekend, there had been full closures on both the east and westbound carriageways which caused long delays for those travelling to and from north Wales.
To facilitate the work, lanes were narrowed and speed limits were reduced on a section of the motorway at Preston Brook.
Following last weekend’s work, a National Highways spokesperson said: “We also took the opportunity to carry out as much other work as possible. This included removing narrow lanes on the M56 in both directions and installing new drainage and technology cabling.”
“Additionally, we completed structural surveys and carried out maintenance work on the motorway. By doing this we have reduced the need for more M56 closures in the future, helping minimise disruption on road users.”
Section of the A56 remains closed
The section of the A56 between A533 (Murdishaw roundabout) and the junction with Station Road will remain closed until the end of this week.
“This is so we can carry out essential drainage works. We are planning to re-open the road at 9pm on Sunday 6 November 2022.”
“Access is available to residents and businesses located inside the closure at all times. This is via a controlled access point at the junction with Station Road.” National Highways has said.
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