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£356,000 carriageway repairs for A66 east of Penrith

02 September 2013 09:07

Highways Agency

A £356,000 Highways Agency project to repair and resurface a section of the A66 near Penrith in Cumbria will get underway on Monday (9 September).

The project, which is due to be completed by Thursday 19 September, involves repairing the foundations of the eastbound carriageway along two miles between Kemplay Roundabout east of Penrith and Brougham.

Both lanes of the eastbound carriageway will benefit from the work which will also include resurfacing and new road markings.

All the work will be done overnight between 8pm and 6am and one lane of the dual carriageway will remain open to drivers at all times. A single lane closure will remain in place during the day for safety reasons and with a 40mph speed limit running past the works.

During the overnight working periods drivers will be held at temporary traffic lights and led past the roadworks by a contractor's vehicle in 10mph convoys.

Highways Agency project sponsor Peter Gee said:

''This is an important repairs project to iron out carriageway defects and give road users a smoother, safer road experience.

''Drivers planning to use the eastbound carriageway overnight should allow extra time for journeys as there will be 10mph convoys past the works for safety reasons.''

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Notes to Editors

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 10 covering Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and south Lancashire and Area 13 covering north Lancashire and Cumbria. Each area team has a main service provider (EnterpriseMouchel in Area 13 and Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald in Area 10) which delivers routine maintenance, improvements and winter service arrangements such as salt spreading as well as assistance at 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 http://m/highways.gov.uk if using a mobile ‘phone or other 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.
- On an iPhone app which will automatically select the region you are in. Free to download from the iTunes store or search for Highways Agency on your device.
- From Twitter. There are eight feeds with live traffic information provided by region. For information on roads in the North West follow us at @HAtraffic_nwest @HAtraffic_pen9 (for Transpennine routes). For the full index visit www.highways.gov.uk/twitter.

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