Just over a mile of the dual carriageway of this section of the A66 between Augill junction and Borrowdale Beck junction about a mile from Brough, will be affected by the work which will be taking place between Monday 3 and Sunday 30 September.
The work includes carrying out a survey of drainage along the road as well as carrying out spot repairs where problems are identified.
The A66 will remain open at all times but lane closures on both the eastbound and westbound carriageways will be required to allow the work to be carried out safely. The speed limit will be reduced to 50mph past the inspection areas.
Highways Agency project sponsor Peter Gee said, “This is part of a routine inspection and repairs regime to ensure that users of the A66 in this part of Cumbria can continue to enjoy safe, smooth and reliable journeys without being delayed by flooding.
“We are not anticipating any delays for road users but drivers should heed the reduced speed limit past any lane closures for their own safety and for the safety of our roadworkers.”
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. In the North West, day-to-day running and maintenance of the motorway network and other strategic roads is managed by two Area Performance Teams – Area Ten covering Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and south Lancashire and Area 13 covering north Lancashire and Cumbria. Each area team has a main, Managing Agent Contractor (MAC) which delivers routine maintenance, improvements and winter service arrangements such as gritting as well as providing Incident Support Units (ISUs) to help with traffic management and cleaning after incidents on motorways and Highways Agency A roads.
3. 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.
4.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.
5. 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's 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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