Work will take place between 13 and 23 August and there will be overnight closures of eastbound carriageway from 8pm until 6am between Rokeby and Thorpe Grange. At times there will be daytime lane closures with a 50mph speed restriction to allow the new road surface to cool.
During the work clearly marked diversions will be in place. HGVs travelling eastbound on the A66 will be diverted off the A66 at Rokeby Park junction to head north diverting into Barnard Castle, then onto the A67 & B6275 and returning to the A66 at Scotch Corner.
Non-HGVs travelling eastbound on the A66 will be diverted onto the A67 at Bowes interchange and then diverted through Barnard Castle. Traffic will then follow the A67 and B6275, returning to the A66 at Scotch Corner.
There will also at times be no access to the A66 eastbound carriageway at Greta Bridge. Traffic will be diverted westbound to Cross Lanes and then diverted via the B6277 to join the non HGV diversion route as above.
Highways Agency project manager, Andrew Brown, said: “This work will improve the road surface and reduce the need for further roadworks in the area. We have planned these works carefully to minimise the disruption to drivers and local residents.
“During the works we advise road users to plan their journeys to avoid delays. Safety is our top priority and for the safety of road users and roadworkers we encourage all drivers to drive carefully through the roadworks and diversion routes, keeping within the speed limit, and concentrating on the road ahead.”
Notes to Editors
1. The Highways Agency is an executive agency of the Department for Transport. We manage, maintain and improve England’s motorways and other strategic roads on behalf of the Secretary of State.
2. Maintenance and improvement projects: We plan maintenance and improvement projects carefully to allow road works to be completed safely, in a cost effective way while keeping disruption to road users to a minimum. We do as much work as possible overnight and when roads are less busy in order to keep more lanes open for road users at peak travel times. Drivers are advised to check their route for road works and allow extra time for their journeys where needed. We have a variety of journey planning tools that road users can use to check travel conditions on the roads we manage, and we will do all we can to keep road users informed.
3. Safety at roadworks: The Highways Agency is working with the industry and road users to reduce the risks of working on the roads. For the safety of road workers and all road users, when you are approaching roadworks:
- Keep within the speed limit – it is there for your safety.
- Get into the correct lane in good time – don’t keep switching.
- Concentrate on the road ahead, not the roadworks.
- Be alert for works’ traffic leaving or entering roadworks.
- Keep a safe distance – there could be queues in front.
- Observe all signs – they are there to help you.
4. Real-time traffic information for England’s motorways and other strategic roads is available:
- From the web at www.highways.gov.uk/traffic or www.highways.gov.uk/mobile if using a phone or mobile device.
- By phone from the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000 at any time. (Calls to 0300 numbers will cost no more than 5p per minute from a standard BT residential landline. Call charges from other landlines and mobile networks may vary, but will be no more than a standard geographic call and will be included in all inclusive minutes and discount schemes). Make sure it’s safe and legal before you call. Before using any mobile, find a safe place to park. Never stop on the hard shoulder of a motorway except in an emergency.
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