New footbridge to reunite Wigan communities
Two Wigan communities will soon be reunited thanks to a new footbridge over a busy motorway junction.
Highways England has begun construction work on a 30-metre-long bridge over the A577 slip road at Orrell Interchange, where the M6 connects to the M58.
Contractors have completed drainage work on the site and are now starting to build the foundations for the footbridge.
A previous bridge at the same location, which links Pemberton to the east of the M6 with Orrell to the west, had to be removed after it was struck by a lorry.
The new footbridge will have a higher barrier on both sides, making it suitable for cyclists, and a new ramp will provide step-free access over the slip road for people with prams and wheelchairs.
Vikas Baloch, Assistant Project Manager at Highways England, said:
“Work on the new footbridge is progressing well and we’re looking forward to opening it to the public later in the year.
“The new bridge will mean people in Orrell won’t have to go the long way round to get to Redwood Park, and Pemberton’s residents won’t need to walk along a busy road to get to the shops in Orrell.”
Temporary narrow lanes and a 30mph speed limit will remain in place on the A577 slip road for the safety of drivers and road workers during the project. Highways England’s contractors are following strict safeguarding measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 among the workforce.
Some overnight closures of the slip road will also be needed between 9pm and 5am, with diversions taking drivers along the M58 and A577 to reach their destinations.
A crane will lift the new footbridge into place in August, and it is due to open to the public in the autumn. More details on the scheme are available at: https://highwaysengland.co.uk/regions/north-west