Part of M6 to close for £43m bridge project
The M6 in Cheshire will undergo major changes in the new year as part of a £43 million pound project.
Works are being carried on the M6 at junction 19 at Knutsford for the ongoing bridge project which is hoped to improve connections between Cheshire and South Manchester.
A number of overnight closures are already in place in December to allow for Highways England teams to carry out a variety of construction work on the roundabout and the surrounding roads.
There will be no closures from Friday December 18, for at least two weeks during the festive period.
However works will commence in January as teams prepare to install huge bridge beams over the motorway.
As a result the M6 will close over two weekends – January 15-18 and January 22-25 – to allow teams to fit the beams.
A Highways England spokesperson said: “We have completed the foundations for the bridge as planned in the summer and we’ve since started to build the bridge walls on either side of the carriageway and within the centre of the motorway.
“Once these are complete, we’ll then be ready to lift the bridge beams into place early in 2021.”
The busy junction is currently used by around 65,000 vehicles each day and is in need of improvement to meet the expected increase in traffic coming from the M6 and the A556.
This increase is further exacerbated by the expansion of Manchester Airport (Airport City) and the development of the Wythenshawe MediPark.
The M6 junction 19 improvements are part of a wider collection of schemes to improve connections between Cheshire and South Manchester, including the completed A556 between Knutsford and Bowdon, the improved B5569, the M6 junction 16-19 smart motorway and the planned M56 junction 6-8 smart motorway.
As part of this project, Highways England teams are:
- building a two-way link across the junction to allow better connection between the M6 and A556, including a new bridge spanning the M6 motorway within the roundabout
- renewing traffic signals on the roundabout and its approach roads and adding new traffic signals for the Tabley Hill Lane / Pickmere Lane junction
- adding new signs
- improving local access for walkers and cyclists using the junction