New computer-generated footage has revealed details of a major new bridge that is under construction over the M6 in Cheshire.
New computer-generated footage has revealed details of a major new bridge that is under construction over the M6 in Cheshire, aimed at easing traffic congestion in a notorious bottleneck.
The M6 between Manchester and Birmingham is one of the busiest roads in Europe and the new £43 million bridge is designed to ease congestion. It will from Junction 19 near Knutsford and provide a new link to the motorway and A556.
As well as numerous bridge bearings, the massive structure has had over 1,000 cubic metres of concrete poured over the steel beams in April. The next phase will be the completion of links between the bridge itself and the M6 and A556, as well as the installation of kerbing and lighting.
Highways England, which is carrying out the scheme, has unveiled the latest footage, showing the size and scale of the project as well as the progress made so far.
Describing work on the bridge as being in its “final stages”, Highways England project manager Khalid El-Rayes said: “Over the next couple of months we’ll be focusing on surfacing, marking and installing traffic signals along the new bridge as well as delivering other improvements at the roundabout itself.”
He thanked road users of the M6 and A556, as well as local residents, for their “continued patience” as work goes on.
This will include some upcoming weekend road closures to junction 19 as well as to junction 7 of the M56 in the coming weeks.
Motorists in Cheshire will not be alone in facing road closures as bridge work takes place in the coming weeks.
The Tay Bridge will be closed in the early hours of June 4th in both directions between Dundee and Newport-on-Tay to allow for pothole repairs to be carried out, the Tay Road Bridge management board has announced.